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Connecticut bans Solar Wolf Energy from doing business in that state

SOUTH YARMOUTH — Ted Strzelecki, owner and chairman of Solar Wolf Energy LLC, has been barred from doing business in Connecticut, according to a press release from that state’s attorney general, William Tong.

Tong announced in a Sept. 15 statement his investigation and enforcement against unfair and deceptive sales practices by Solar Wolf Energy, Inc. for failure to complete or even begin promised residential work..

Several Connecticut consumers have complained to the Attorney General and the Department of Consumer Protection that Solar Wolf took their deposits for residential solar work or related projects and failed to start or complete them, then never returned the money, the statement said.

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Connecticut complaints echo experience of Yarmouth residents

The story is familiar to some Yarmouth residents. Solar Wolf has also accepted payments and deposits from more than 50 residents for solar panel installations that have not been started or completed. The company was the contractor for the Solarize Yarmouth campaign.

Solar Wolf filed for bankruptcy on September 23 after taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from Yarmouth residents who had signed contracts to install solar panels.

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According to the press release, there is now a Superior Court order restraining Solar Wolf from selling, advertising, offering or marketing any goods or services in Connecticut until it obtains the permission of the court.

It is a violation of the Connecticut Home Improvement Act and the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act when a home improvement contractor fails to perform major work and refund a consumer’s deposit within 10 days following a written request.

State law authorizes the Connecticut Attorney General to take this action.

Yarmouth officials are looking for ways to help residents

There is no such law on the books of Massachusetts.

Yarmouth town officials hope residents can see a return on their money through the Home Improvement Guarantee Fund. State and city officials are exploring options to complete the facilities and connect them to the grid.

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City Administrator Robert Whritenour Jr. said he has seen the same story and lies repeated on a case-by-case basis regarding residents of Solar Wolf and Yarmouth. Solar Wolf never intended to deliver on any of its promises, he said.

“We think some type of prosecution is warranted,” he said. “We believe that this project will not be completed until local customers are reassured.

Contact Denise Coffey at [email protected]

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