Solar installation company accused of taking nearly $500K from customers

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ANTHEM, Ariz. - Marie and David Atchison thought they did their research when looking for a solar installation company.

“Well, we originally started looking into for a solar company to put the solar in over a year ago,” Marie said.

After interviewing nearly a dozen contractors, the Atchisons narrowed it down to one, a Cottonwood-based business named Arizona Solar Power.

“They were really good,” Marie said. “They seemed like they were really with it, so we chose that company to go with.”

The cost of the project was just under $60,000.

The Atchisons gave Arizona Solar Power a down payment of $17,000.

From that point on, she says, all she got was excuses, until earlier this year when Arizona Solar Power closed down for good.

“I really feel like I was being used, you know, we just wanted your money and then too bad, bye,” she said.

Since then, another company stepped in to help install their solar roof.

Meantime, 3 On Your Side has learned that the Arizona Registrar of Contractors is investigating more than 30 similar complaints filed by Arizona Solar Power customers.

The amount of those complaints: $470,000.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is also investigating and tells us detectives are currently sifting through thousands of documents obtained in a search warrant of the home of ASP’s owner, Young Ho Kim and Jana Stock.

3 On Your Side has obtained a letter sent from Kim’s home to customers in January.

It explains that Kim “passed the management of the company to Darron Baker… and his partner Mr. Wayne Wilmot.”

No one was at Kim’s Camp Verde home when 3 On Your Side stopped by.

At the home of Wayne Wilmot, one of the managers of the company, a woman came out and said she knew why were there but she refused to answer any questions.

Arizona Solar Power’s supplier, SunPower, has filed a lawsuit against ASP claiming it owes them $1.7 million.