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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. 

While solar power is becoming more competitive all the time, the need for government incentives is still strong. Recently, New York state offered developers an incentive to build large projects. Response to that solicitation was overwhelming.


Retirement is a fairly recent concept. Before the 20th century, most people worked until they were physically or mentally unable to do their jobs.

The focus of the electrical contracting industry has always been energy. That’s obvious. But, reflect on the history of the industry for a few moments, and it’s just as obvious that the role electrical contractors perform with regard to energy has changed dramatically.

While examining the swath of data compiled about electrical fires, it’s easy to see the tragedy in deaths, injuries and property losses caused by the modern world’s most vital conveniences.

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