Threats suspect was wanted on similar charges in N.C.

The man charged with making violent threats against a solar panel development in Louisa County caused similar problems at another solar site in North Carolina, a solar company manager told authorities.

Eric Hardy, 39, was charged in Louisa General District Court with 10 counts of threatening to shoot or bomb the 1,000-plus acre site near Waldrop Church Road. He made his first appearance in court on Dec. 22 after being extradited from his home in Georgia.

In a criminal complaint filed in district court, a Louisa County Sheriff’s Office deputy states that Hardy was wanted in North Carolina for making threats. A Wood employee told the deputy that Hardy had vowed that “if he can’t make any money, nobody will.”

The first threat, about explosives placed around the solar property, was made on Dec. 2. More threats were texted every business day over the next week. Each time managers received a threat, they stopped construction and sent employees home. On Dec. 4, Hardy allegedly texted that he was in a position to shoot employees from a nearby location.

The complaint says that Hardy was fired on Dec. 3 after a video was discovered on Facebook of Hardy stating that the site had been shut down due to a bomb threat. 

Hardy is being held at Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange. He is due to appear in court next on Jan. 5.

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