Founder and CEO of San Diego Solar Company, which angered its customers after it suddenly closed its doors last month He is accused of pursuing his ex-girlfriend.
Daniel Joseph Sullivan, 44, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to six counts of felony criminal mischief and one count of felony criminal mischief. According to court records, the ex-girlfriend took a restraining order against Sullivan earlier this year.
He faces up to five years and eight months in prison if convicted of all charges.
Sullivan has been one of the largest solar carriers in the San Diego region since 2004 and is one of the founders and CEOs of Solvan Solar.
But six weeks ago, the company stopped working. Customers have complained that the company is not answering phone calls, emails or text messages. Similarly, Sullivan did not respond to weeks-long messages from the Union Tribune asking about the company’s situation.
According to prison records, US Marshall arrested Sullivan on Monday, and he was released on Wednesday in exchange for $ 1 million. Sullivan will return to court on December 3 to review the amount of bail. If Sullivan is released on bail, he must conduct a GPS monitoring, said Deputy District Attorney Christopher Campbell.
According to the criminal complaint, Sullivan was charged with harassing his ex-girlfriend from July 2020 to early May, after the ban was imposed in late March. The complaint also cites recent orders, four of which took place between November 10 and November 18. He was arrested four days later.
Sullivan’s lawyer said he could also represent Sullivan in the criminal case.
“We look forward to receiving the reports and findings and to let the court know how the action will not lead to criminal liability,” said lawyer Vikas Bajaj.
Bajaj also said that his client “has done a lot of good for the community and for those who know him” by “making two million nickels worth of business”.
The criminal complaint does not specify the details of the case. However, the alleged victim received a restraining order from a civil court earlier this year.
In court documents filed in March, Sullivan said she had previously been charged with domestic violence in San Diego and that she had threatened and harassed her after a 2017 judge barred her from meeting.
She said she had moved into a new home and was working remotely to get rid of it.
“I have ignored his threats in the past but this time his fears and behavior have worsened and I fear he will hurt me if he does not kill me,” she wrote.
It is unclear what happened to Sullivan’s company in recent weeks. Cubs at the company’s office in Miramar are empty, and about 35 brightly colored Sullivan solar car parks in the front and back parking lot remain inactive, dusting off.
Searching for court records since Wednesday does not indicate that Sullivan’s solar power is in bankruptcy.
As CEO of the company, Sullivan has made a name for himself by advocating for the roof solar industry at news conferences and civic events around San Diego.
Sullivan Solar Power earned $ 2,500 as a clothing item, hired more than 150 employees, and said in a press release that the company was “leading a solar energy revolution.”
Solar panels on the roof can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and the sudden shutdown of the solar system has left many of their customers in trouble.
Some have unfinished installations and others have been owed to their property after unpaid subcontractors hired by Sullivan Solar. Other customers are still worried about the installation warranty status or the rechargeable battery systems.
Barb Ferreira donated $ 48,000 to Sullivan Solar in her 2006 Lexive Five Bedroom in 2006 and said she came to her property to see Daniel Sullivan’s installation.
“This is shocking and frustrating,” she said of Sullivan’s court appearance. “Something went wrong with the professional or both.”
Towards the end of the business, Ferrera said she was “amazing” when her Sullivan solar system was first installed, but had trouble answering calls last year. Ferrera said she had spent an additional $ 1,200 to extend her bail.
“We all have a system and we are working and we are all paying now and we need to find a new person to use the system,” she said. “It was for me, oh, you are yourself.”
The company has filed lawsuits in the San Diego Superior Court, and the state’s licensing board suspended Sullivan’s solar license three weeks ago. The board of trustees of Jamul took the company to a lower court and won a $ 5,065 lawsuit in April, but received no payment.
According to a Union-Tribune review, Sullivan Solar Power collected a $ 19,000 fine from the license board last year for five different quotes.
The Board sent a letter to Chief Executive Sullivan on December 31, 2020. According to a copy obtained by the Union Tribune, Sullivan’s reasoning for receiving the warning was changed.
The board is also investigating six other complaints about “possible” violations of Sullivan’s solar power. Under the Board’s rules, it will keep the identity of the complainant confidential.
Union-Tribune staff writer Greg Moran contributes to this story.