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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. 

This tunnel lighting is part of Birmingham’s total lighting upgrade.

The City of Birmingham, Ala., announced a new project designed to upgrade its current public parking garage lighting to energy-efficient, connected light-emitting diode (LED) lighting. The retrofits are expected to save about $375,000 per year.

Credit cards typically apply interest to late payments. This interest factor, which may be 18 percent or more, can be viewed as a form of liquidated damages (LDs). The base amount owed is not liquidated, because it depends on your balance, but the percentage is liquidated, or fixed, by agreement.

Most of the 3.5 million residents of Puerto Rico have spent two days without power as the result of a fire at Aguirre power plant in the southern town of Salinas, according to the Associated Press.

For renewables and energy efficiency, effective storage technologies are a key ingredient to their continued success. For its part, the battery industry is keeping up. According to a recent study by the firm Navigant Research, the market for next-generation battery technology is ready for growth.

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Whatever You Do, Don't Look Down

After a recent trade show in Las vegas, some colleagues and I took a road trip to Hoover Dam.

The Grass Is Greener In The Hospitality Industry

A recent Green Building Council (USGBC) report, “LEED in Motion: Hospitality,” suggests that the hospitality industry is poised for significant growth in terms of green initiatives, including energy efficiency.

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