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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. 

Electrical contractors that perform a lot of hospital work, especially lighting projects, may have a whole new type of work to look forward to in the future.


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

In February, the Florida Power and Light Co. (FPL) and Daytona International Speedway (DIS) completed one of American professional sports’ largest solar-power installations.

As I wrote in Part I of this article: “There is no such thing as a new $5,000 Rolls-Royce. If you want the quality, the engineering and the performance, you need to pay for it. Good intelligent infrastructure is no different.”

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Tracking Growth In Energy Storage 

Energy storage is indispensable to renewable power’s success. Increasingly, it is also becoming a prominent feature in the appeal of electric vehicles. Storage works at the wholesale and retail levels by facilitating grid stabilization and home energy management.

Ideas That Work: Saw Stopper, Stripped Screw Solution and Strap Supports

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

LEED Buildings Remain Energy Hogs

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released a 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study in September that shows buildings are increasingly earning Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and that they are still using massive amounts of energy.

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Six Tactics to Maximize the Purchasing Function, Tactic 6

This article is the fifth in a series of six tactics in which the electrical contractor can maximize purchasing power and profitability though procurement. Click here for part five.

New Solar Career Mapping Tool Available

In September, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), announced the introduction of a newer and much more highly interactive Solar Career Map (SCM) tool. IREC is the national administrator of the Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN).

Utility Adapter Makes Solar More Affordable In San Diego

Solar power continues to suffer from the obstacle of high upfront costs. Although the electricity it generates is free, that is still not enough to make up for the hefty cost of purchasing and installing the equipment for many consumers.

Solar City Raises The Bar For Panel Efficiency

The solar power industry, like much commerce today, thrives on innovation and the drive to do more with less. Recently, one industry leader set a new standard when it announced a solar-panel technology with unprecedented levels of efficiency.