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Articles in this section are intended to help electrical contractors grow and improve their businesses, from financial and legal advice to creating a service and maintenance department. You’ll find articles on estimating projects and more below. 

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It’s that time again when we call on expert pollsters to help us learn more about our readers and the work they are doing in the field. More than 2,400 of you responded to our questionnaire earlier this year, through snail mail or online, describing the work you did in 2015.

In the widening embrace 
of renewable energy, cities have become a catalyst. For example, San Francisco recently approved an ordinance requiring solar panels on all new residential and commercial buildings constructed in the city beginning in January 2017.


Aging coal plants are closing across the nation, along with a growing number of nuclear units, and utility planners are increasingly concerned about how best to replace this shuttered generation capacity.

Executives at Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Alphabet (the parent company of Google), are planning to meet with Alphabet executives to discuss plans for a rejuvenation project designed to turn a section of an existing city into a “smart city.” The plan calls for billions of dollars in investments to

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The Importance Of Being Likeable

Started in St. Louis in 1953, PayneCrest Electric Co. Inc. is broadly diversified in electrical and communications installation work, which the company now takes on throughout the United States.


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Cool Tools: Thermal Imagers

Thermal imaging is a well-established method of detecting potential problems and issues in electrical systems.


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Expanding Our Reach

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has long been considered the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light and communication technology to buildings and communities across the United States.



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Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.


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Sprig Electric Cuts Energy Costs With Unique System

Sprig Electric is one of the first electrical contractors (ECs) in the country to pair Tesla’s Powerpack battery with a 350-kilowatt (kW) commercial rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system. In its first month, the paired system has cut energy costs at its San Jose, Calif., headquarters by 80–95 percent.



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