Who we are
We Do It because We Love It because We Do It…
I started playing with solar thermal panels when I was 17, building my backyard thermos-syphoning hot water system. After college I worked for Solarex, an early major manufacturer of solar cells and modules. The corporation went through several owners including Amoco and BP Solar.
Log Home Solar Electric SystemIn 1983 my wife Becky and I moved back to Montana and started Sunelco, The Sun Electric Company in Hamilton, MT. We concentrated on designing and selling mail order solar systems to folks who were living off the grid. We also lived five miles from utility power and were able to practice what we preached living with many of the products we sold.
After ten years of operation and growing to a staff of 12 we sold the company to a large competitor out of Arizona. This company and its successive owners could not make the profit they had envisioned and later sold the company to our original first hire and good friend Tom Bishop.
At the end of April this year, 2015 Tom Bishop retired and dissolved Sunelco, The Sun Electric Company, a former Montana Corporation. When Tom dissolved the company he sold all the inventory and closed the catalog store and warehouse.
2015 Dan and Becky came full circle and purchased the Sunelco name.
Dan has been working with SBS Solar located in Missoula, MT. In December of 2014, the owners of this company sold the company to Dan and Becky and they then moved this company to their farm in Hamilton, MT.
Our focus today is somewhat different than the Sunelco of the past. We are now a regional company serving primarily Western Montana designing residential, commercial and water pumping systems. We are no longer doing mail order catalog sales and do not stock the variety of small components as Tom did in the past.
Combining the two companies is our goal. We are changing the name to Sunelco, SBS Solar over the next few months.