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RGS Energy has been helping homeowners and businesses reduce their
electricity costs with sustainable, renewable solar power since 1978.

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR POWER BILLSolar power can actually cost less than what you pay now with a low, predictable, locked-in electricity rate. Join thousands of happy customers who are making a positive impact on the planet by choosing a cleaner energy source that lowers your utility bills for real savings month after month, year after year.

CURRENTLY SERVING CUSTOMERS IN:CALIFORNIA | COLORADO | CONNECTICUT | MASSACHUSETTS | MISSOURI | NEW HAMPSHIRE | NEW JERSEY | NEW YORK | RHODE ISLAND | VERMONT 
And as Sunetric in HAWAII



 

RGS Energy Offers Several Ways to Save on the Cost of Electricity

Use Solar Power as a Service


solar lease or service agreement gives you a lower electric rate from day one, without the responsibility of owning and maintaining a system – and with no debt or up-front costs.*

Purchase a Solar System


A system purchase gives you the best long-term savings. You’ll own the solar panels, the power they produce, and their rebates and incentives – the ultimate in energy independence.

Special Offer in CA and NY


The CleanEnergy Plan™ provides you a lower electric rate from day one with a production guarantee, included maintenance, and a 20-year service promise.

 

Solar Energy vs Fossil Fuels Advantage

Fuel Sourcing

Fossil fuels must be located, excavated and transported before they can be used. These processes are invasive and detrimental to the land through side effects such as erosion and ecological and geologic instability. Then the deposit or well is depleted. Energy from the sun is infinite and free. It can be harnessed and turned into power anywhere a solar panel can be mounted.

Solar energy is abundant and free

Power Generation

Fossil fuels must be burned to produce electricity. Burning them creates unwanted byproducts that can create air and water pollution and release huge amounts of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. When in use, solar panels produce power without waste or emissions, and do so through a natural process called photovoltaics.

Solar energy is produced without harmful greenhouse gas emissions

Cost of Consumer Electricity

Whether you buy a system and pay it back with electricity savings or you pay a low, fixed rate for your power through a solar PPA, you’ll hit the point where your solar panels have paid for themselves. After that, it’s real savings for your bottom line, and with utility rates climbing regularly, each year you’ll save more with solar than the year before.

Solar energy costs less than traditional utility power in most cases

The Human Element

Fossil fuel deposits are scattered and finite. Their economic worth and uncertainty are enough to cause disagreements that can lead to labor strikes, price volatility, and even war. Solar energy is available nearly everywhere, and will be for another 5 billion years.

Solar energy is a resource the whole world has access to
 


More than 35 years ago, RGS Energy – a Real Goods Solar Company – sold some of the very first solar panels to the public out of a small general store in Northern California. Since then, we’ve installed over 25,000 solar energy systems for homesbusinessesschoolsgovernment facilities, and utilities across the country, totaling more than 260 megawatts of clean energy.

Real Goods Trading Company Opens

Real Goods Trading Company Opens

1978 John Schaeffer invested $3,000 of his savings along with a $5,000 loan from his father to open the first Real Goods store where he sold the first solar panels in retail at over $100/Watt.
 

First Source Book Printed

First Source Book Printed

1982 First Solar Living Source Book is printed. The book was written as a one-stop information source for renewable energy and sustainable living.
 

Launched Mail Order Catalog

Launched Mail Order Catalog

1986 John Schaeffer invested $3,000 to launch the first Real Goods mail order catalog. The 16 page catalog reached new customers and rejuvenated the company as a mail order business selling solar and sustainable living products.
 

Opened Solar Living Center

Opened Solar Living Center

1996 Founded a nonprofit education institute called the Solar Living Institute with the mission of promoting sustainable living through inspirational environmental education.
 

Merged With Gaiam

Merged With Gaiam

2001 Real Goods, catalog and five brick and mortar stores merged with the sustainable lifestyle company Gaiam Inc. in a stock swap worth $8.7 million.
 

Launched Residential Division

Launched Residential Division

2003 Launched the residential division in California and Colorado.
 

IPO

IPO

2008 On May 8, 2008, Real Goods completed an initial public offering as Real Goods Solar and raised $55 million. Through holding 100 percent of Real Goods’ Class B shares, Gaiam maintained control of Real Goods Solar.
 

Acquired Marin Solar, Carlson Solar, IES, Regrid Power

Acquired Marin Solar, Carlson Solar, IES, Regrid Power

2007-2008 Acquired Marin Solar, Carlson Solar, IES, Regrid Power to expand the residential and commercial business and position Real Goods Solar as a major competitor in the growing solar business.
 

Acquired Alteris Renewables