Auburn solar company closes abruptly, amid legal issues and unfinished projects

Auburn-based solar company Solar Wolf Energy abruptly announced in a Wednesday Facebook post that it would shut down, leaving more than 50 Yarmouth residents without fully installed solar panel systems, despite having paid.

Solar Wolf was selected in 2019 as a partner in the Solarize Mass Program, a state-sponsored operation by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. The town of Yarmouth received a grant to promote the use of solar energy among residents, for which Solar Wolf was selected, according to a Thursday news release from the town.

Since then, the Auburn company has signed numerous contracts and, although some systems have been completed, still has over 50 unfinished contracts where installation has not been completed.

“We don’t know exactly what the situation is, but they have signed contracts with individuals,” city administrator Robert Writenour said Friday. “It represents people’s life savings. It is a very difficult situation. »

Pictures | Courtesy of Solar Wolf Energy

Ted Strzelecki, former CEO of Solar Wolf Energy and current president of the company

Solar Wolf did not return numerous phone calls from WBJ, and the reason for the shutdown is unclear from the company’s public communications.

In a Facebook post at 2 a.m. Friday morning, the company said it would contact customers by email on May 20.

“We will contact you and schedule funds to be returned, materials delivered/returned, and/or a combination depending on status,” the message read. “We will also align people in transition on connections, inspections and ways to eventually complete their systems.”

On May 6, the solar company posted a 13-paragraph Facebook post alleging a broken business deal between Solar Wolf and SunPower, a California-based solar company that sold solar panels to Solar Wolf, according to the post. Solar Wolf said that after a series of disagreements, it received official notice that SunPower was severing all ties with the Auburn company.

Five days later, Solar Wolf announced its closure, quoting the previous post on SunPower: “It is with broken hearts that we must announce that SWE will have to close. As we have already stated in a PR, we had a rather abrupt interruption from our exclusive distribution partner.

SunPower could not be reached for comment.

Solar Wolf was sued three times in 2021 for nearly $900,000 for alleged non-payment for marketing services and commercial leases. The company was founded by Ted Strzelecki, who was the subject of numerous allegations made last year, and is also the founder and president of Roof Wolf and Aqua Wolf Plumbing.

The matter is currently being investigated by state authorities, including the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, according to the City of Yarmouth press release.