Friday, April 29, 2016

Business spotlight - Bear Hill Electric, LLC - By Michelle Libby

Bear Hill Electric can wire and fix any electrical needs from replacing a light bulb to wiring a new house. Willis Dicentes and his team of four have over 50 years of combined experience and have seen and done almost any type of electrical work. Commercial or residential jobs, nothing is too big or too small for them. 

“We try to focus on our customers. We have a lot of repeat business, and that says something about who we are,” said Dicentes. 

They do remodels, service upgrades, or lighting upgrades for energy efficiency in commercial settings, which can save customers a lot of money on their electric bill. Dicentes is always looking out for what’s best for the client. He will look for the most affordable way to do a quality job. He won’t start out with the most expensive fix, like rewiring a kitchen to put in a new light switch. Bear Hill is an Efficiency Maine partner, which means that Dicentes can walk through a building, see what a client has for lighting and offer efficient fixes that can help them save money. Many times the little switches he suggests will lower wattage and cut electric bills in half. 

“We want to build a relationship and get repeat business versus we’re never going to see you again,” said Dicentes. Bear Hill Electric is known for its attention to detail and taking care of the little stuff, like cleaning up and vacuuming after a project is complete.
Dicentes started working in the industry when he was in high school. His uncle and grandfather were both electricians. He was part of the vocational program at Westbrook High School when he was in high school and continued his education to become an electrician. 

The home office for Bear Hill Electric is in Hollis at this time, but that doesn’t stop Dicentes from doing jobs all over southern Maine as well as Bangor and even Madawaska. Most of their jobs are in the Sebago region. 

Bear Hill Electric has the right equipment to help with any project. It has a bucket truck that can reach 45 feet to put in a pole light and has a scissor lift to work in buildings with high ceilings. 

Electricians are more than just wiring lights. They can wire septic pumps, water filtration systems, recessed can lights, hard wired smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. They can also put in an outlet for a hot tub and do pool wiring. 

One of the most unique job Dicentes has done is put a generator at a cell tower on top of a mountain. The road was terrible and rather than drive down for the night, he spent the night on top of the mountain to finish the job the following day. 

“We will do the job right. We don’t cut corners. If there’s an issue, we’ll come back to take care of it,” he said. 

Bear Hill employees work with real estate loans to help close deals, by putting in the smoke detectors or adding GFI breakers in a kitchen or bathroom. The company also sells automatic generators and can wire them safely so if the power goes out the generator will keep the lights on. 

Bear Hill Electric’s goals are to keep growing in the area and to find a location in Windham. Dicentes wants to continue to build relationships with other businesses too. The company and its employees are licensed and insured. 

They keep up with training that is required including a class on code updates, which happens every three years.

Bear Hill Electric is a member of the Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce and multiple BNI chapters and was named number one in The Eagle Choice Awards for 2015. 

For more information or to set up an appointment, call 894-7000 or email You can also visit their website at They gladly accept all major credit cards and offer emergency services 24/7.  

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