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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’s popularity as a form of distributed generation has skyrocketed in recent years, financing for these projects remains a challenge for many property owners.


Sometimes an apparently general specification calls for a type of device or piece of equipment, and it turns out that only one manufacturer makes it.

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AllEarth Renewables and Claire Solar Partners have announced the completion of a 2.2-megawatt solar tracker farm in South Burlington, Vt. JA Solar provided multicrystalline 260-watt (W) potential induced degradation-resistant modules for the project.


To sustain your company and maintain a competitive edge takes commitment and planning. Adopting a triple bottom line (TBL) can be that road map to achieving business sustainability.

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Back to Basics Makes Sense
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At a recent Technology Committee meeting for a local school district, there was considerable discussion about the lack of responsiveness in getting electrical infrastructure issues fixed.

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Sooner or Later
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The threat of litigation on construction projects is real and constant. In the construction industry in general and electrical contracting in particular, litigation is always a possibility on every project.

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Cooking Equipment Calculations, Part II
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Specifications for calculating branch-circuit, feeder and service loads are in Article 220 of the National Electrical Code. This article is divided into four parts: I. General, II. Feeders and Services, III. Optional Calculations for Computing Feeder and Service Loads and IV.

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When to Call in the Big Guns
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Contracts are drafted by committee. The group always includes an attorney who may or may not give practical considerations to the language drafted. That language, however, is of paramount importance to you. So what do you do when confronted with a book of terms and conditions? Ignore them?

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The Educated Consumer and Electric Utility Restructuring
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A retail clothing store advertises, “An educated consumer is our best customer.” Prices are adjusted weekly, and if you know the value of designer merchandise on the racks, you can get some very good bargains.

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Resizing Service or Feeder Loads
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At one time or other, all contractors have been faced with a decision to either recalculate the size of an existing service or feeder or just guess at the amount of spare load and install new circuits while hoping for the best. Guessing will usually only get you in trouble.

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Speaking to Strengths
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At the recent Power Quality World Conference, I chaired a session on “Specifying and Purchasing PQ Equipment.” Afterward, I met one of the presenters from an electric utility who said he planned to bring his lawyer with him to the session the next day.

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