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Real Goods Solar Selected by Connecticut's Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority to Expand Solar Adoption in Certain



Real Goods Solar Selected by Connecticut's Clean Energy Finance and Investment
Authority to Expand Solar Adoption in Certain Communities in the State

LOUISVILLE, Colo., Nov. 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Real Goods Solar, Inc.
(Nasdaq:RSOL), a nationwide leader of turnkey solar energy solutions for
residential, commercial, and utility customers, has been selected as a 2013
Solarize Choice Installer by Connecticut's Clean Energy Finance and Investment
Authority (CEFIA).

The Solarize Choice program is designed to increase the adoption of solar
energy and further reduce the overall cost of solar power. The program offers
residents and businesses discounted pricing for solar by partnering installers
with local communities, so greater savings can be enjoyed by all.

In partnership with CEFIA, Real Goods Solar will work with Solarize Choice in
the communities of Columbia-Lebanon, Cheshire and Enfield. Home and business
owners in these locales will have until March 31, 2014 to sign up and lock in
their savings under the program.

"We've realized great success with previous Solarize Choice programs, and we
expect this one to be very successful as well," said Justin Pentelute, Real
Goods Solar's president of residential and small commercial systems. "In our
last Solarize Connecticut initiative, we were able to more than double the
amount of solar deployed in Portland, Connecticut. In our most recent
community solarize program, which was in the state of Massachusetts and ended
in September, we secured more than 1.5 megawatts of residential projects in
the towns of Lee, Williamstown, and Northampton. We expect our Connecticut
efforts to also yield significant deployments."

About the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority
CEFIA was established by Connecticut's General Assembly in July 2011 as a part
of Public Act 11-80. This new quasi-public agency supersedes the former
Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. CEFIA's mission is to help ensure Connecticut's
energy security and community prosperity by realizing its environmental and
economic opportunities through clean energy finance and investments. As the
nation's first full-scale clean energy finance authority, CEFIA leverages
public and private funds to drive investment and scale-up clean energy
deployment in Connecticut. For more information about CEFIA, visit
www.ctcleanenergy.com.

About Real Goods Solar and RGS Energy
Real Goods Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq:RSOL) is one of the nation's pioneering solar
energy companies serving commercial, residential, and utility customers.
Beginning with one of the very first photovoltaic panels sold to the public in
the U.S. in 1978, the company has installed more than 16,000 solar power
systems representing well over 110 megawatts of 100% clean renewable energy.
Real Goods Solar makes it very convenient for customers to save on their
energy bill by providing a comprehensive solar solution, from design,
financing, permitting and installation to ongoing monitoring, maintenance and
support. As one of the nation's largest and most experienced solar power
players, the company has 17 offices across the West and the Northeast. It
services the commercial and utility markets through its RGS Energy division.
For more information, visit RealGoodsSolar.com or RGSEnergy.com, on Facebook
at http://facebook.com/realgoodssolar and on Twitter at
http://twitter.com/realgoodssolar.

Forward-looking Statements
This press release includes forward-looking statements relating to matters
that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements may be identified by
the use of words such as "expect," "intend," "believe," "will," "should" or
comparable terminology or by discussions of strategy. While Real Goods Solar
believes its assumptions and expectations underlying forward-looking
statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that actual results will
not be materially different. Risks and uncertainties that could cause
materially different results include, among others, introduction of new
products and services, completion and integration of acquisitions, the failure
to close the Mercury acquisition, possibility of negative economic conditions,
and other risks and uncertainties included in Real Goods Solar's filings with
the Securities and Exchange Commission. Real Goods Solar assumes no duty to
update any forward-looking statements.

CONTACT: Media and Investor Relations Contact:
         Ron Both
         Liolios Group, Inc.
         Tel 1-949-574-3860
         RSOL@liolios.com

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