06.08.09

Real Goods Solar: Q2 Fiscal 2009 Results

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Real Goods Solar, Inc., a leading residential solar energy integrator, today announced results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2009.

Revenue for the second quarter of 2009 increased 43.8% to $12.7 million from $8.8 million recorded in the same period last year, primarily due to acquisitions.

Gross profit increased to $3.3 million, or 25.8% of revenue, for the quarter from $2.6 million, or 29.8% of revenue, in the comparable period last year. The decrease in gross margin percentage primarily reflects an increased mix of commercial installations and the consolidation of 2008 acquisitions which have traditionally produced lower gross profit margins.

Operating expenses as a percent of revenue increased to 33.2% for the quarter, from 31.3% in the comparable period last year. This increase primarily reflects incremental costs associated with being a public company and integration costs related to the Company's historical acquisitions. As of June 30, the entire organization was on a single set of systems and integration costs were essentially complete.

Net loss for the second quarter was $0.6 million, or $0.03 per share, as compared to a net loss of $27 thousand, or $0.00 per share, for the comparable period last year.

For the six months ended June 30, 2009, revenue was $22.2 million, a 44.4% increase from $15.4 million in the comparable period last year. Net loss totaled $2.0 million, or $0.11 per share, compared to a net loss of $0.3 million, or $0.03 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2008.

Results for 2008 do not include Real Goods Solar's acquisitions of Independent Energy Systems and Regrid Power, related integration costs, nor most of the costs associated with being a public company.

"While we aren't satisfied with any quarter in which we show a net loss, we are pleased with the progress we have made during these challenging economic times," commented Tom McCalmont, Chief Executive Officer. "Bookings started to come alive again during the second quarter and we began to see the effects of this in our reported revenue. While the economic environment may remain challenging for quite some time, consumers are becoming increasingly compelled to move forward with solar due to the 30% federal tax credit and lower module prices. The shortened payback periods and improved returns on investment continue to accelerate the growth of the market. We believe we will see the positive effects of these factors in the third quarter with revenue growing to between $18 and $20 million. With more of this incremental growth coming from commercial installations, our gross margin for the third quarter will be lower than historical levels due to the resulting change in overall revenue mix."

"Optimizing our cost structure and preserving cash continued to be high priorities during the second quarter," said Erik Zech, Chief Financial Officer. "We started to see the benefits of our efforts during the second quarter with operating expenses as a percentage of revenue down by 14.6% as compared to the first quarter of 2009, resulting in a significantly smaller overall net loss. We also made improvements to our balance sheet during the quarter, primarily by further reducing our inventory. As a result of these efforts, our cash position remained strong at $12.5 million at quarter end."

Real Goods Solar also announced today that it has signed a large multi-site contract with Northrop Grumman to design and install three large solar electric systems on two separate U.S. Navy bases in the southwestern United States. Due to the remote nature of these locations, solar PV systems were the ideal choice to meet the demands of these sites. Construction of the systems is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2009 and to be completed in the subsequent 4 to 6 months.

About Real Goods Solar, Inc.

Real Goods Solar, Inc. is a leading residential solar energy integrator, having installed over 4,500 solar systems. Real Goods Solar offers turnkey solar energy services, and has 30 years of experience in residential solar energy, beginning with the sale in 1978 of the first solar photovoltaic, or PV, panels in the United States. For more information about Real Goods Solar, please visit www.realgoodssolar.com, or call (888) 507-2561.

Contact:
Real Goods Solar, Inc.
Erik Zech, Chief Financial Officer
415-456-2800 x107
erik.zech@realgoods.com
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