Darlene Bremer

Freelance Writer

Darlene Bremer, a freelance writer based in Solomons, Md., contributes frequently to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. She can be reached at 410.610.7164 and darbremer@comcast.net.

Articles by Darlene Bremer

May 2006
Solar-power cells, also known as photovoltaics (PV), are semiconductors that convert sunlight directly to direct current (DC) electric power. “The sun’s light dislodges free electrons in each cell on the solar panel and collects them on conductors to create a volt. READ MORE
April 2006
According to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va., sales of industrial control products and systems, as measured by the organization’s Primary Industrial Controls Index, increased 3 percent during the third quarter of 2005. The index jumped 5.5 percent compared to the same period in 2004. READ MORE
April 2006
In 2003, in an exclusive neighborhood outside of Portland, Ore., a homeowner was working with MCM Architects PC, and the general contracting firm of Reimers and Jolivette Inc., to build a 21st-century home with the look of an early 1800s residence. The owners had already chosen an electrical contractor when they attended a social event hosted by a friend. READ MORE
March 2006
According to a report by the ARC Advisory Group Inc., Dedham, Mass., steady growth will push the global market for automated building systems to more than $25 billion in 2009, with market expansion over the next five years expected to compound at an annual growth rate of nearly 5 percent. READ MORE
February 2006
Opportunities for renovation projects go beyond residential “fixer-up” work, offering electrical contractors a way to participate in a market that can provide increased growth. For example, in California, there have been a number of bond measures floated throughout the state to refurbish schools and universities to modernize them with the latest technologies. READ MORE
December 2005
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program, lighting consumes 25 to 40 percent of the energy used in commercial buildings and is a primary source of waste heat. READ MORE
November 2005
Between a troubled public utility power grid, unprecedented demand for power by a growing population and the need to protect an increasingly digitally dependent economy, everyone from major manufacturing facilities to homeowners are recognizing the need and value of the protection and capabilities offered by today's uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems. READ MORE
November 2005
As the first Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States, the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore is a major national landmark and an icon of American architecture. It is generally considered the architectural masterpiece of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the first professional architect to practice in the United States, and the designer of the U.S. Capitol building. READ MORE
October 2005
Fast-track project schedules, along with economic and competitive pressures, are forcing everyone in the construction industry to find ways to streamline the process. In some circumstances, this includes having electrical contractors specify the necessary products. READ MORE