LOUISVILLE, Colo., Aug. 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Real Goods Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq:RSOL), a nationwide leader of turnkey solar energy solutions for residential, commercial, and utility customers, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Mercury Energy, Inc. d/b/a Mercury Solar Systems in a merger transaction. Based in Port Chester, New York, Mercury Solar Systems is one of the region's top solar companies. Real Goods Solar will issue 7.9 million shares of its class A common stock, subject to certain adjustments based on closing working capital and the price of the class A common stock, as the consideration for the acquisition of Mercury. The transaction is subject to the approval of the shareholders of each of Real Goods Solar and Mercury. A representative of Mercury's current board will be nominated to join Real Goods Solar's board of directors. Mercury Energy was formed in 2008. The company has installed more than 50 megawatts of solar projects that have cumulatively generated over $250 million in revenues, including $35 million in 2012. Mercury's assets include approximately $10 million of cash, and it has no debt. After the transaction closes, the cash balance will be available to Real Goods Solar for general corporate purposes and to accelerate the growth of the combined business. Upon closing, Mercury will bring more than 50 employees to Real Goods Solar, including three seasoned executives: Jared Haines, Mercury's co-founder and president, has had a successful career in sales of commercial solar systems and was instrumental in building the Mercury Solar Systems business and brand. Upon closing of the transaction, he will lead commercial sales in the Northeast as vice president of sales at RGS Energy, the Commercial and Utility Division of Real Goods Solar. Anthony Coschigano, a co-founder of Mercury with years of solar engineering and construction experience, will become vice president of Northeast Operations at RGS Energy helping the combined business to further improve all facets of systems deployment and productivity. Andrew Zaref, Mercury's CFO and COO with more than 20 years of capital raising and financial management experience in high-growth businesses, will become vice president of Project Finance at Real Goods Solar, where he will lead the company's residential and commercial financing and asset management strategies.