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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. 

Renewable power is all about innovation. One new breakthrough begets another, and the cycle persists as we continue to do more with less.
 The growth of solar power is no exception, as the technology of photovoltaics (PV) benefits from innovations in cell materials and other component parts.


Parabolic troughs capture solar energy, which is stored in unique molten-salt storage units at Abengoa’s 280-MW Solana solar project, conducted in partnership with Arizona Public Service.

With climate change front and center and efforts to reduce emissions taking many forms, energy storage could be the next important player.

Throughout history, military technology has evolved into far-flung and highly useful civilian applications. The Humvee notwithstanding, consumers have benefitted in many ways from technology that was first applied on the battlefield.


Salisbury by Honeywell lightweight HRC4  suit and lift-front hood

The workplaces of the world pose multiple hazards to the men and women in the building and construction trades, and there are many different types of personal protective equipment (PPE) to guard the wearer from specific, potentially deadly hazards.

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Underground Construction
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Electrical contractors who perform utility work have been burying electrical cable for years.

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The Need for Speed
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Just like Tom Cruise’s character in the movie “Top Gun,” your customers “feel the need for speed” in their Internet connections and networks. A recent FCC report on high-speed Internet access showed that broadband Internet access increased by 55 percent in the United States in 2002.

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Uprooting the Past
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In the past, when power flowed as a sine wave, the square root of three was used to convert between line-to-line voltages and line-to-neutral voltages.

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The Magic Behind Theme Park Jobs
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“It’s not like building a school or a classroom. It’s a vision put on paper. And when you see the theme come to life, you get engrossed in it, feel the whole thing, live it—the design, the purpose and the outcome,” said Andy De La Parte, president, A & A Electric Services Inc.

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The Hub of the Universe
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Thousands of people rush through the airport terminal in Louisville, Ky., every day, never suspecting the activity going on next door. The airport is also home to a mammoth state-of-the-art UPS sorting station unrivaled for speed and efficiency.

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TIA Notes
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If you missed it, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR 42 committee meetings were held in early June. It’s time to pay attention, since many of their decisions can affect the contractor, as you’ll see below.

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Disconnect for Ranges, Wiring a Pool Pump Motor and More
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CODE CITATIONS Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 250 Grounding Article 334 Nonmetallic-Sheathed Cables: Types NM, NMC and NMS Article 422 Appliances Article 517 Health Care Facilities Article 680 Swimming Pools, Fountains and Similar Installations Grounding a feeder circ

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