Mo. lawsuit accuses KCP&L of negligence

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - A northwest Missouri man has filed a lawsuit accusing Kansas City Power & Light and others of negligence involving the utility's solar-panel rebate program.

The lawsuit was filed in Buchanan County Circuit Court by Richard Sharp of St. Joseph against KCP&L, St. Joseph-based U.S. Solar and its owner Trevor Dryden.

The St. Joseph News-Press ( ) reports Sharp took part in KCP&L's solar rebate program and chose U.S. Solar to install the solar panels. The complaint accuses U.S. Solar of installing inoperable systems that couldn't be connected to KCP&L's electric system.

KCP&L spokesman Chuck Caisley says the utility denies the allegations. He says Sharp's transaction with U.S. Solar had little to do with KCP&L, which has 800,000 customers in northwestern Missouri and eastern Kansas.

Calls to U.S. Solar weren't answered Friday.

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