Solar business accused of sudden closure, buyers outraged

October 31, 2021 By iwano@_84 Off

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A number of regional consumers say that a prominent solar company out of the blue shut and took off with their dollars. ABC 10Information spoke to home owners who say that they continue to keep contacting and contacting, but no a single can help.

Sullivan Solar has develop into a house name for lots of San Diegans. Its web page touts setting up more than 9,000 techniques across Southern California, which include a person for the Padres at Petco Park. However, if you head to their office in Miramar, you may discover a ton entire of fleet trucks, but the doors are locked and no one’s about.

Client Allen Davis instructed ABC 10Information, “All the lights are continue to off. Everything is nonetheless there. You know, the espresso cup is nevertheless in the sink.”

He claimed that he paid Sullivan Solar for a procedure.

“They have about $34,000 of my income,” he added.

He claims that Sullivan Photo voltaic in no way paid the subcontractor who did the installation so now he’s liable to pay out the subcontractor or he faces a lien on his house. ABC 10Information spoke to the subcontractor who declined to offer any comment.

In accordance to the Contractors State License Board (CSLB), “A lien can end result when the primary contractor (referred to as a “direct contractor” in mechanics lien revision statutes, efficient July 1, 2012) has not compensated subcontractors, laborers, or suppliers. Lawfully, the home-owner is finally liable for payment — even if they already have paid out the direct contractor.

“I’m really dissatisfied,” said home owner Kevin Hanks. “I paid the $45,000 for the roof. Sullivan did not spend for the roof to the roofer and now I have to shell out $45,000 yet again.”

“It looks like accurately what the foreman instructed me which was that the proprietor of the enterprise abruptly shut the company down, fired every person, locked the doorways and walked away,” reported Davis.

ABC 10Information interviewed CEO Dan Sullivan in 2016 about a individual story.

ABC 10News’ tries to speak to him about these new allegations have been unsuccessful. ABC 10News regularly known as and emailed the organization, with no reply.

On Yelp, there are a slew of one-star critiques from indignant clients with opinions. Some of the remarks examine in element, “…now I have acquired to pull income out of my child’s school savings…,” “…Sullivan [is] nowhere to be found…,” and “…[They] left us large and dry…”

Hanks stated, “You just go away a voicemail. There’s no a single answering the phones there.”

Davis included, “The e-mail [are] not returned…I tried using Twitter and Facebook immediate-messaging and didn’t get any responses from those people matters.”

ABC 10News spoke to one of the subcontractors who would not go on-digital camera but confirmed that he and other subcontractors have not been paid out by Sullivan Solar. He claimed that he feels poor for all of the buyers.

“Taking people’s cash and not supplying expert services and building promises and just going for walks away from that is just awful,” said Hanks.

Lawyer Mark Mellor specializes in design legislation. He tells house owners to test all contracts for lien warnings just before signing them. He also states to take into consideration having a subcontractor to signal an unconditional lien waiver on payment since the subcontractor are unable to file a lien for function that he or she has been paid out for. If there is a refusal, he suggests to think about creating your check out out to both the contractor and the subcontractor. “Those two can struggle in excess of what they’re currently being paid out mainly because the contractor won’t be able to income it with no an endorsement from the subcontractor and the subcontractor simply cannot endorse it with no the other dude signing off,” he informed ABC 10Information.

The CSLB told ABC 10Information that it has obtained added grievances about Sullivan Photo voltaic which are staying reviewed by its San Diego investigative unit. The CSLB mentioned the complaints are not general public at this time.

The CSLB has assets on its internet site to recognize lien laws: https://www.cslb.ca.gov/shoppers/lawful_concerns_for_shoppers/mechanics_lien/What_Is_A_Mechanics_Lien.aspx