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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. 

Fluke 1730 three-phase energy logger

Productivity loss, equipment damage, facility downtime and increased energy use are only some of the problems that poor power quality (PQ) can create.

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.

While employment in the construction sector has generally enjoyed steady growth over the last 20 months, one element has remained stubbornly weak: the number of skilled workers. The problem is not new, and it persists.

The high price of renewables relative to traditional fuel sources is their biggest drawback. Although the alternative-energy industry has made great strides in bringing down upfront costs, the perception remains that it is a long way from parity with fossil fuels.

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Comparing PV Technologies

There are a number of photovoltaic (PV) technologies available for converting sunlight into electrical energy. For building applications, technologies that are commercially available are predominately silicon-based and can be categorized as either crystalline silicon or thin film.

Getting the most from distributors

Contractors depend on distributors for myriad materials and supplies. But as construction projects become increasingly complex, progressive distributors offer more than shelves stocked with products.

When Inaction Is Louder than Words

A few years ago, a friend asked me for a legal definition of substantial completion. That was easy: beneficial occupancy. However, the substitution of one phrase with another was of little help.

Keep Outsourcing in Mind

Electrical contractors regard outsourcing with some measure of uncertainty. The concept can be both controversial and polarizing. However, outsourcing in contracting should be considered as something positive instead of negative.

Mayers Electric Helps Revive the Cincinnati Riverfront

Cincinnati has always been a baseball town. In recent years, the city has focused on redeveloping its riverfront, including the area where the Reds baseball team and the NFL Bengals shared the old Riverfront stadium.

This Is What I'm Owed, and I Can Prove It!

Make a case for the amount of money you have coming There are always two components to every construction contract claim. The first is entitlement; the second is quantum.

What's New in 2005: Fully Integrated Software

“We wanted to streamline the number of programs and eliminate multiple entries into different programs. We wanted a product that everyone in the company could use, from management to accounting to the project managers and purchasing staff.