Bristol Electronics was founded in June of 1972 by David Cobb providing sales, installation and repair of televisions, small appliances and roof-top antennas. The company was a spinoff of his father’s business, The Electronic Lab in Middlebury.
The company grew and adapted as roof-top antenna sales changed with the use of satellite technology. Bristol Electronics became one of the largest C-band (large dish) install and repair teams in the state of Vermont. As satellite dishes became smaller, Dish Network became the preferred brand for the company. Thousands of residents in Addison, Chittenden and Rutland counties have systems installed by Bristol Electronics.
In 2010 the company added solar to it’s repertoire as the solar industry was beginning to take off. The Bristol Electronics’ team jumped in whole heartedly, fueled by the desire to help our customers become more carbon footprint conscious as well as provide them with a very good return on their investment. Bristol Electronics was the top installer of solar thermal systems in the state of Vermont in 2011, with 87 installations in Addison County.
Photovoltaic (electricity producing) systems have become a better return on investment due to the decrease in cost because of improved manufacturing practices. We install these systems on roof surfaces as well as on ground mounted arrays. Our niche is residential and small business locations where the energy produced generates credits to cover an electric bill or two. You will find case studies and examples of our work on this webpage as well as testimonials from a few of our customers that will give you some insight into how they feel about their systems.
On January 1st, 2016, Bristol Electronics incorporated and is now owned and overseen by two of the three generations: David Cobb, the founder’s daughter Chris Marion and her son Stephen Cobb. Along with our amazing employees, we have 70+ years of combined satellite and roof-top antenna experience and 35 years of combined solar experience.
While looking to add a line of cold climate heat pumps to our repertoire, the team at Bristol Electronics researched options and manufacturers throughout the year of 2018. It was very important to find a product line that would compliment what they were already doing and how they were doing it. The install team went away for a few days for refrigeration training as well as devoting a few other days to manufacturer specific training with Fujitsu. Installations began in January of 2019. The addition of this line has added to the abilities of the team at Bristol Electronics to help homeowners and small businesses reduce their carbon footprint while providing a return on their investment and a more comfortable climate in the spaces where people spend the most time.
David always led his team by treating “his” customers as if they are his neighbors…because they were and still are. We work alongside our customers as we volunteer in the community and see them as we go out to eat, run errands or hike the Long Trail. When any member of our team goes into a home or business to perform a task, they treat the location as if it was their own. We go the extra distance to do what is right and best for our customers, brainstorming options and ideas on how a job could be done. Our technicians are well trained, knowledgeable, professional, and courteous.
Bristol Electronics prides itself on being a resource and answering questions. It is very important to us for our customers to make educated decisions that are not rushed. Some of our customers have solar systems, heat pumps or whole-house batteries installed to save money, others to save the Earth, and others because it is a sound investment. Please look into your options. Without getting the information you need, you will not be able to make a good choice for your family. We want to be sure you are comfortable in your decisions and have all of your questions answered. On that note, we encourage you to call with any questions you have. We are here for you.