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North Carolina-based Pink Energy closes suddenly amid solar panel problems

Hours after a 5 On Your Side report about disgruntled customers of a solar panel company, the company president emailed all employees to let them know it was shutting down.

Hours after a 5 On Your Side report about disgruntled customers of a solar panel company, the company president emailed all employees to let them know it was shutting down.

Web Editor: Mark BerginReporter: Keely ArthurPhotographer: Richard AdkinsProducer: Pritchard StrongPosted Updated
five on your side has learned Pink energy is out of business. It was just yesterday, our team reported the home solar energy company has been dealing with some fallout from thousands of systems that don't work. Wrl keely Arthur is here now with the major developments that happened overnight, keely well, shortly after our story aired, we started getting emails and calls from peak energy customers and employees claiming the company had shut down yesterday. We told you about frustrated customers who said they're pink solar panels worth tens of thousands of dollars didn't work. Now. Pink blames the problem on a specific part made by a separate company, Generac. Today. Five on your side obtained this letter, It tells employees that the company was closing immediately because of a drastic decline in sales and other financial difficulties. A little over a week ago we interviewed Pink Ceo Jason Waller about customer concerns and asked if his company could survive, but if I'm out of business, who are they going to call to fix this? They're calling Generac right? That's what it's very possible. So it's unclear whether Waller knew that his company was closing during our interview. But two days before the interview, Pink sent this letter to north Carolina's Department of Commerce saying they'd shut down a facility outside of charlotte that employed 500 people. Those employees didn't get the required 60 day notice that they were being laid off with Pink claiming they quote were experiencing unforeseeable circumstances. The north Carolina Attorney General's office told five on your side, they are aware of the letter and have reached out to Pink with questions. Now we've reached out to Pink with questions as well, and we're also trying to kind of learn where this leaves customers who are already very frustrated. Where does it leave a lot of people? That interview is pretty telling as well. It was interesting to see that All right keely, thank you so much.



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