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RGS Energy Divests The Real Goods Store to Focus on Residential Solar


LOUISVILLE, CO, December 8, 2014 – RGS Energy (NASDAQ:RGSE), one of the nation’s largest and most recognized rooftop installers of solar equipment, has completed the sale of its retail and catalog business, to John Schaeffer, a member of the company’s board of directors, for $1 million.

The company previously announced the terms of the sale in a press release and Form 10-Q when it reported its results for the third quarter of 2014 on November 19, 2014. The assets of the business include real estate, inventory, retail and online operations located in Hopland, California.

Schaeffer is a noted environmentalist, author and entrepreneur who founded the Real Goods business in 1978, and has since been actively involved in its leadership. He will continue to serve as a non-employee director of RGS Energy.

“I’m excited to focus on The Real Goods Store and eCommerce businesses, while continuing as an RGS Energy board member,” said Schaeffer. “The Real Goods Store and Solar Living Institute have been leaders in the sustainable living movement for more than 36 years, as evidenced by our recently published 14th edition Solar Living Source Book. I look forward to working with RGS Energy’s CEO, Dennis Lacey, to promote the many synergies between these two businesses.”

Lacey commented: “John has made tremendous contributions to the solar industry and environmental movement, and especially to RGS Energy. This transaction places The Real Goods Store in good hands and we look forward to Real Goods Store continuing to provide us solar referrals. The divestiture also allows us to focus RGS Energy’s resources, including the funds from this sale, on our residential and small commercial solar installation businesses.

About RGS Energy

RGS Energy (NASDAQ: RGSE) is one of the nation’s largest and most recognized rooftop installers of solar equipment, serving residential and small business customers in the mainland U.S. and Hawaii. Beginning with one of the very first photovoltaic panels sold in 1978, the company has installed tens of thousands solar power systems. 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.

The company has 14 offices across the West and the Northeast and one in Hawaii. For more information, visit RGSEnergy.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rgsenergy and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rgsenergy. RGS Energy is a trade name and RGS Energy makes filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission under its official name “Real Goods Solar, Inc.” These documents are available on both the EDGAR section of the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.rgsenergy.com. For more information about the company, visit www.rgsenergy.com.

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