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Real Goods Solar Rebrands as RGS Energy

Real Goods Solar Rebrands as RGS Energy

LOUISVILLE, Colo., Jan. 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Real Goods Solar, Inc.
(Nasdaq:RSOL), a nationwide leader of turnkey solar energy solutions, has
changed its brand identity to RGS Energy.

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"The change of our brand from Real Goods Solar to RGS Energy comes at a
defining moment in our company's history and in the solar energy industry,"
said Kam Mofid, RGS Energy's CEO. "Solar is commanding a much larger share of
global energy production, and here at home in the U.S., solar deployments have
grown dramatically as well. It is indeed remarkable to see that total
installations have grown nearly 500% since 2010 to over 4 gigawatts last
year."

"In many ways we are still in the early stages of this energy revolution,"
said Mofid. "More and more American customers are seeking cost effective,
clean sources of power and solar energy has answered the call. There are now
over 10.2 gigawatts of cumulative solar electric capacity operating in the
country. This is enough energy to power more than 1.7 million American homes."

Real Goods Solar has been one of the true pioneers in the solar energy
industry, and sold some of the first photovoltaic panels to the public
beginning in 1978. The company has pioneered residential and commercial solar
power installation services, and its innovations have helped pave the way for
more than 19,000 homeowners and businesses to take advantage of this 100%
clean renewable energy source.

"Our recent acquisitions of Syndicated Solar and Mercury Energy have
significantly expanded our nationwide presence in the rapidly growing solar
sector," said Mofid. "As a responsive and an innovative clean energy provider,
we have also developed deep capabilities and efficient and scalable processes
in support of our growth strategies. These have dramatically improved our
time-to-market while lowering customer acquisition costs. We have also started
looking at the entire value chain and how we can better serve our customers.
RGS Energy embodies the future strategic direction of our company."

Reflecting the brand change, the company's NASDAQ stock symbol will change
from "RSOL" to "RGSE," effective at the start of trading on Monday, February
24, 2014. The company's website can now be found at www.rgsenergy.com and its
email addresses have adopted the rgsenergy.com domain. The company's marketing
efforts will now also uniformly represent the RGS Energy brand.

"We believe 'RGS Energy,' which has long been our commercial-focused brand,
better reflects the vision and capabilities of our entire company as a single
source, end-to-end energy solutions provider for residential, commercial, and
utility customers," said Bryan Conklin, RGS Energy's vice president of
marketing. "The strength of this brand has been opening doors in new and
emerging markets, and through the unification under one brand we will also
have a more cohesive and effective national marketing approach to support our
growth."

The company will continue to maintain the corporate name of Real Goods Solar
for SEC filings and other legal and regulatory matters.

A photo accompanying this release is available at
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=23159.

About RGS Energy
RGS Energy 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 19,000 solar power systems representing well over 170
megawatts of 100% clean renewable energy. RGS Energy 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. For more information, visit RGSEnergy.com, on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/rgsenergy and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rgsenergy.

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, realizing synergies and
other benefits from the Mercury merger, 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.

The photo is also available at Newscom, www.newscom.com, and via AP
PhotoExpress.

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

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