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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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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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Predicting the Unpredictable
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I generally choose to leave predictions of the future to “psychics” and tarot card readers. They rely on special powers of divination, and I give them credit for trying. After all, it’s a daunting task to predict the future of anything these days.

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Branch Circuit Feeder and Service Calculations
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Article 220 contains provisions for calculating branch-circuit, feeder and service loads. Following the requirements set forth in this article will provide the minimum size branch circuit, feeder or service.

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The Art of Negotiation; the Art of War
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A few years ago, I was asked to present a seminar on delay/disruption damages. In my presentation, I made reference to “The Art of War” by Sun-Tzu, an ancient recipe book on winning at battle.

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Integrated Building Systems and You
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Advancing technology is allowing the integration of power, communications and control systems to improve building performance.

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