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Solar Company Working With SJSD Sued

Brightergy accused of interfering with another solar company's negotiations with North Kansas City on a project. Brightergy recently contracted with the St. Joseph School District to install solar panels in the schools.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A northwest Missouri solar power company contracting with the St. Joseph School District on installing solar panels in the schools is being sued.

It's alleged that Brightergy officials interfered with a competitor during negotiations with the city of North Kansas City.

Energy Consumption Auditing Services was working on a contract with North Kansas City when the lawsuit says Brightergy spread false and misleading representations about its quality of work, ethics and character.

While representatives from two separate solar companies doing work in St. Joseph say this comes as no surprise, one Brightergy customer says he was treated well.

"I'm just kind of in shock by it," said Dennis Kovac, who had solar panels installed at his business, American Gold Mine. He's also working with Brightergy on having work done at his home.

"I never had any kind of situation like that with them in all my dealings," he said. "As a matter of fact, they'd always been quick to say we will not speak of others, we will just let our work and our references speak for ourselves."

St. Joseph School District officials told KQ2 all its dealings with Brightergy were above-board.

Chief Financial Officer Beau Musser says Brightergy won a sealed bid process fairly.

We contact Brightergy officials for comment. They said they are still reviewing details of the lawsuit.

Energy Consumption Auditing Services is asking for $75,000 in their lawsuit plus punitive damages.
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