Phone: 800.704.0321 | Fax: 703.444.1794

About Us

Who We Are

Buhl Electric is a residential electrical contractor serving Northern Virginia and the surrounding area for over 50 years.  We specialize in working with builders on new construction homes and take pride in being the area’s most dependable electricians.  We are expanding this expertise to homeowners and are excited to open a residential service department for homeowners.  Whether you are a builder or a homeowner, Buhl Electric’s mission is to be a leader in our industry by delivering a superior quality product and assuring customer satisfaction through qualified, motivated employees.


When John Buhl, Sr. founded Buhl Electric in 1959, Northern Virginia was a very rural area.  The office was an old camera shop located in Vienna and there were four employees.  In 1962, the Sterling Park residential development was started just as Dulles International Airport became operational.  Sterling Park provided thousands of affordable homes to a new job market in the region.  It also marked a boom in the housing market where Buhl established themselves as a dependable residential electrical contractor.

John Buhl, Jr. graduated from Elon College and began working in Buhl’s marketing department.  In 2001 he became our current President and has carried Buhl through great years and also one of the greatest housing market recessions.  However, we are still growing in leaps and bounds and have over 115 employees; many of whom have been with Buhl Electric for more than 10 years.

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Did you know??

  • Buhl Electric has wired more than 100,000 homes!
  • 40 of Buhl’s employees have worked for the company for more than 10 years!  If you are in the corporate office in Sterling, have a look at the plaques on our wall honoring these hard-working and dedicated employees who make us who we are today!
  • Buhl has received over 60 builder awards!
  • Buhl participates in numerous fundraisers.


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Our Executive Staff

John D. Buhl Sr.

John D. Buhl Sr. founded Buhl Electric in 1959 along with his brother Billy. John has given Buhl the strength and reputation it has today.

John Buhl Jr.

John Jr. began working in the company warehouse as a teenager.  After high school he attended Elon College in North Carolina, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  Following his graduation, he returned to Buhl as the Vice President of Marketing.  He was promoted into his current position as President in 2001.

Donald Sours

Donald Sours is a Vice President of Buhl Electric. He started with Buhl in 1963 and is one of the longest employed at Buhl Electric.

Chris Cippel

Chris Cippel is a Vice President of Buhl Electric.  Chris began working at Buhl in 1972.  During his employment, Chris has worked in the estimating and procurement departments as well as acting as service and branch manager.  He currently holds master electrician licenses in Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia.