Program Provides Utility Customers Credits for Surplus Electricity Generated by Their Residential or Commercial Solar Installations

DENVER and KAILUA, Hawaii, April 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sunetric, a wholly-owned subsidiary of RGS Energy (NASDAQ:RGSE), is preparing to address the growth opportunities created by the decision made last week by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to add 20 megawatts of capacity (or an estimated 2,800 rooftop solar systems) to its customer grid-supply (CGS) solar program.

The CGS program provides utility customers a PUC-approved credit for any surplus electricity their solar installations export to the grid. The Hawaii PUC decision to expand capacity of its CGS program will help the state achieve its goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045.

“As an established local brand and pioneer of the solar industry in the Hawaiian Islands, we applaud the recent decision of the PUC,” said Darren Jennings, vice president of Sunetric. “This move greatly enhances our opportunities for growth in this market, including our plans to expand our product offerings to include solar hot water, solar air conditioning, and storage solutions for residential and commercial customers.”

Over the past year, several solar companies exited Hawaii primarily due to the capping of net metering. However, Sunetric has expanded its sales, marketing and construction teams in the state. During 2016 and 2017, RGS Energy raised net proceeds of $32.6 million in the capital markets positioning the company to pursue opportunities in the state. 

About Sunetric

Sunetric (a wholly-owned subsidiary of RGS Energy) is a full-service renewable energy firm operating throughout Hawaii. It designs and installs photovoltaic systems for homes, businesses, and federal and military organizations. Sunetric provides turnkey solar solutions, from design, construction planning, and customer financing assistance to installation, utility interconnection and warranty. For more information, visit www.sunetric.com

About RGS Energy

RGS Energy (NASDAQ:RGSE) is America’s original solar company, installing more than 25,000 residential and commercial solar power systems since 1978. RGS Energy makes it convenient for customers to save on their energy bill by providing turnkey solar solutions, from system design, construction planning, and customer financing assistance to installation, utility interconnection and warranty.

For more information, go to RGSEnergy.com, or connect with the company at www.facebook.com/rgsenergy or www.twitter.com/rgsenergy. Information on such websites is not incorporated by reference into this press release.

RGS Energy is the company’s registered trade name. The company files periodic and other reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission under its corporate name, Real Goods Solar, Inc.

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Key risks and uncertainties that may cause a change in any forward-looking statement or that could cause our actual results and financial condition to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements include: the effect of electric power generation industry regulations in the states where RGS Energy operates, net electric power metering and related policies; the level of demand for RGS Energy’s solar energy systems; RGS Energy’s ability to implement its growth strategy, achieve its target level of sales, and to generate cash flow from operations; and RGS Energy’s ability to expand its product offerings.

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