Daniel Sullivan, founder and CEO of a high-profile solar installation company that suddenly locked its doors in October, did not appear in court Friday for his bail review hearing related to felony charges accusing him of stalking a former girlfriend.
Sullivan’s attorney told Vista Superior Court Judge Laura E. Duffy that Sullivan is no longer in custody at the Vista Detention Facility but has been admitted to Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside. The attorney, a public defender whose name was not available, did not tell the judge why Sullivan was in the hospital, saying only Sullivan was “unable to appear in court.”
Duffy assigned a new bail hearing date for Dec. 10 in Vista Superior Court.
Following his arrest on Nov. 22, Sullivan has been held in lieu of $1 million, facing three felony counts of stalking and six misdemeanor counts of disobeying a restraining order. The businessman has pleaded not guilty.
If convicted of the felony charges, Sullivan faces a maximum sentence of more than five years, according to San Diego Deputy District Attorney Chris Campbell.
Sullivan opened Sullivan Solar Power in 2004 and established it as one of the region’s most popular rooftop solar companies. But for the past two months, phone calls, messages and emails have gone unreturned and the offices at the company’s Miramar headquarters have been locked with the lights turned off.
As of Friday, a search of court records does not show Sullivan Solar Power filing for bankruptcy.
The abrupt closure has angered Sullivan Solar Power customers, some of whom have had liens placed on their properties and others who have had work on their homes go unfinished.
Allen Davis came to Friday’s brief hearing, hoping to get some answers. The Sabre Springs homeowner hired Sullivan to install solar panels on the roof of his four-bedroom house. But after having spent $34,000 on a $48,000 project, Davis said work on his installation stopped on Oct. 13.
“I can understand if he had problems but there are reasonable ways an adult, a mature individual who is being honest, will do things,” Davis said, “And he is not being honest, he is not doing things appropriately and he needs to stand up and do those things that need to be done.”
Lawsuits against the company have been filed in San Diego Superior Court, and the Contractors State License Board last month suspended Sullivan Solar Power’s license. The license board cited a case in which a homeowner in Jamul took the company to small claims court, won a $5,065 judgment in April but did not get paid.
A review by the Union-Tribune found that Sullivan Solar Power racked up $19,000 in fines by the license board in the past year for five separate citations.
As for the criminal complaint, Sullivan is accused of stalking an ex-girlfriend between July 2020 and early May of this year, including after …….