Real Goods Solar Encourages Shareholders to Vote at Upcoming Special Meeting on January 14, 2014

Real Goods Solar Encourages Shareholders to Vote at Upcoming Special Meeting
on January 14, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Colo., Dec. 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Real Goods Solar, Inc.
(Nasdaq:RSOL), a nationwide leader of turnkey solar energy solutions for
residential, commercial, and utility customers, encourages shareholders to
vote in person or via proxy at its upcoming special meeting to be held January
14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Mountain time, at the offices of Real Goods Solar, 833
West South Boulder Road, Louisville, Colorado.

The meeting will be held to consider and vote upon the matters set forth in
the final joint proxy statement/prospectus that Real Goods Solar filed with
the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 3, 2013, including a
proposal to approve the issuance of shares of Real Goods Solar Class A common
stock in connection with the Mercury merger, and a proposal to approve an
amendment to Real Goods Solar's 2008 Long-Term Incentive Plan to increase the
number of shares authorized for issuance under the plan.

Shareholders should soon receive their joint proxy statement/prospectus in the
mail. The company encourages those who cannot attend the special meeting in
person to submit their proxies by telephone, via internet or by mail.

"Every shareholder's voice is important to us, so we welcome and encourage
everyone to attend this special meeting," said Real Goods Solar CEO Kam Mofid.
"For those unable to attend, it is very important for you to vote via proxy.
We are excited about and look forward to completing the Mercury transaction.
As described more fully in our Form S-4 declared effective December 3, 2013,
our board of directors has approved the transaction and recommends a 'yes'
vote. Our management and our board of directors believe that the merger with
Mercury will position us as one of the largest U.S. solar installers, increase
our financial resources and stability, and provide us with superior access to
growth capital. We believe that the expected synergies arising from the
merger, including expanded market presence in the important Northeast region
as well as anticipated cost savings, will make the combined company well
positioned for growth and success in 2014 and beyond."

Only holders of record of Real Goods Solar Class A common stock at the close
of business on November 29, 2013, the record date for the special meeting,
will be entitled to vote their shares at the special meeting or any
adjournment or postponement of the special meeting.

About Real Goods Solar, Inc.
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 120 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 www.facebook.com/realgoodssolar and on Twitter at
www.twitter.com/realgoodssolar.

Additional Information About the Transaction
This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of
an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. The
transaction described herein will be submitted to the shareholders of each of
Real Goods Solar and Mercury for approval. Real Goods Solar has filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission a registration statement on Form S-4
containing a joint proxy statement/prospectus of Real Goods Solar and Mercury
as well as other relevant documents in connection with the transaction. The
Securities and Exchange Commission declared the Form S-4 effective on November
27, 2013. Real Goods Solar filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission
the final joint proxy statement/prospectus on December 3, 2013 and expects to
mail the final joint proxy statement/prospectus to their respective
shareholders on or about December 9, 2013. SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ IN
THEIR ENTIRETY THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS
AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE
COMMISSION, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THOSE DOCUMENTS,
BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT REAL GOODS SOLAR,
MERCURY AND THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION.

A free copy of the registration statement and joint proxy
statement/prospectus, as well as other filings containing information about
Real Goods Solar, may be obtained at the Securities and Exchange Commission's
website (www.sec.gov). These documents may also be obtained, free of charge,
from the investor relations section of Real Goods Solar's website
(www.RealGoodsSolar.com) or by directing a request to 833 W. South Boulder
Road, Louisville, Colorado 80027, Attention: Secretary, Real Goods Solar,
Inc., heidi.french@realgoods.com or (303) 222-8430.

Real Goods Solar and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be
participants in the solicitation of proxies from the shareholders of Real
Goods Solar in connection with the transaction. Information about Real Goods
Solar's directors and executive officers is set forth in Real Goods Solar's
definitive proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission
on October 18, 2013. Additional information regarding the interests of those
participants and other persons who may be deemed participants in the
transaction may be obtained by reading the joint proxy statement/prospectus
regarding the transaction. Free copies of these documents may be obtained as
described above.

This document shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an
offer to buy or subscribe for any securities, nor shall there be any sale of
securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would
be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws
of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by
means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the U.S.
Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This communication 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, receiving shareholder
approval for the transaction described herein, successfully closing the
transaction described herein, realizing synergies and other benefits from the
transaction described herein, introduction of new products and services,
completion and integration of acquisitions, 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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