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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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Employee Input is Critical to Quality Assurance Programs
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An effective quality assurance (QA) program can be a valuable asset to the electrical contracting firm. Not only can a formal QA program improve construction quality and reduce rework, but it can also improve customer satisfaction and serve as a valuable marketing tool.

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Prebundling Saves Money and Time
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Until recently, labor contracts prohibited electrical contractors from doing much preassembly of electrical parts away from the job site.

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Distributor Services Sharpen Electrical Contractors' Edge
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As customers increasingly demand more complex and technologically advanced voice/data/video (VDV) systems for their facilities, electrical contractors must rely more than ever on their distributor partners to supply the value-added services that will strengthen their competitive edge.

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Article 210 - Branch Circuits
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• Please refer to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine for referenced illustrations. 210.8(A) Dwelling Units Receptacles installed in certain locations must have ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) protection for personnel.

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Piercing the Corporate Shield: Maintaining and Losing Corporate Protection
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 American law contains a concept known as “legal fiction.” For reasons of equity or otherwise, the law sometimes pretends that something exists when it does not, or that something does not exist when it does.

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Why Bother to Detect Problems Early?
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In a recent discussion about the virtues of power quality (PQ) monitoring with some less-than-knowledgeable business people, the point was raised that, “Why bother to figure out whose fault it is if you can’t fix it?” I responded to this comment by showing them some of the latest software tools avai

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Old Systems Struggle to Meet New Power Demands
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One of the biggest problems facing the electrical industry is existing power systems’ inability to meet the demands and requirements of the future.

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