Sungevity’s struggling KC office received only part of promised tax benefits

Sungevity, which last week laid off more than two-thirds of its Kansas City staff, received only a fraction of the $11.8 million in potential tax breaks that were offered to attract the company here.

The solar panel marketing company opened a sales office in downtown Kansas City in early 2015.

The Missouri Works program, which provides performance-based incentives to companies that create jobs in the state, had approved more than $11.8 million in potential tax breaks, provided Sungevity hire at least 595 workers.

State economic development officials said the company has been issued $119,717.79, based on its employment to date. Kansas City workers who were let go said they believed employment in the Kansas City office topped out at about 150.

Meanwhile, former workers told The Star that they expected the California-based company to file for bankruptcy.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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