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Sunetric Sells Out to Mainland Company for $16M
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RGS Energy to Acquire Sunetric, a Leading Solar Company in Hawaii

Sunetric Acquisition Provides Entry Into One of the Nation's Largest and Key Solar Markets

News Release from RGS March 27, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Colo., March 27, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RGS Energy (Nasdaq:RGSE), a nationwide leader of turnkey solar energy solutions for residential, commercial, and utility customers, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Elemental Energy, LLC, a full-service solar energy firm operating under the Sunetric brand.

Based in Oahu, Hawaii, Sunetric is one of state's largest and most established local solar developers and installers. The acquisition provides RGS Energy with rapid entry into a major market that has the highest electricity rates in the U.S. - three times higher than the national average. These high rates provide very compelling economics for homeowners and businesses to adopt solar photovoltaic systems.

Since its formation in 2004, Sunetric has installed more than 3,500 solar projects in Hawaii representing over 65 megawatts of installations. Sunetric maintains an extensive backlog and pipeline of commercial and residential projects, with revenue topping $38 million in 2013.

RGS Energy has agreed to pay total consideration of $16 million to acquire Sunetric, comprised of $7 million in cash and $9 million in unregistered Class A common stock, along with an additional $3 million in potential earn-out payments. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter subject to satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions.

Sunetric will maintain its current management team and well-established Sunetric brand as a wholly owned division of RGS Energy. Sunetric brings more than 90 employees to RGS Energy, including some of the most experienced residential and commercial sales and installation teams in Hawaii.

"This transaction brings to RGS Energy one of Hawaii's largest and most respected solar companies," said Kam Mofid, CEO of RGS Energy. "Sunetric possesses a healthy balance between commercial and residential solar projects, plus a strong government portfolio with experience in all branches of the military. They add to our already substantial national footprint, while allowing rapid expansion into new markets with unparalleled solar economics."

"The extremely high cost of utility power in Hawaii has made it one of the most attractive markets for solar systems in the U.S., and this has led to the highest penetration of solar systems in the country," continued Mofid. "As a result, Hawaii leads the industry in important areas such as grid integration and is key to the evolution of solar combined with energy storage. We are eager to participate in this vibrant market and benefit from significant opportunities ahead."

Alex Tiller, CEO of Sunetric, commented: "Sunetric's years of industry experience in originating, designing and installing solar systems of varying complexity and size for commercial, residential and utility-scale customers throughout all the islands is highly complementary to RGS Energy. We're looking forward to applying the resources that RGS Energy provides in order to increase our project development capabilities and financing options for our customers. We are excited to become part of one of the largest and true pioneers in the solar industry. Our cultures mesh very well, so we look forward to propelling our combined business to a dominant position in the industry."

About Sunetric

Sunetric is one of the largest and most experienced solar developers and integrators in Hawaii. As a full-service solar energy firm, they handle every stage of the design, development and installation of photovoltaic systems on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai and the Big Island. For more information, visit http://sunetric.com/.

About RGS Energy

RGS Energy (Nasdaq:RGSE) 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 bills 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 https://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."

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 RGS Energy 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, completion and integration of the transaction described herein and other acquisitions, realizing synergies and other benefits from the transaction described herein, the possibility of negative impact from weather conditions, introduction of new products and services, the possibility of negative economic conditions and other risks and uncertainties included in RGS Energy's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. RGS Energy assumes no duty to update any forward-looking statements.

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Sunetric: More Solar Contractors to Sell out to Mainland.

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