Your Business

 

 

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. 

Husky nine-drawer mobile workbench from Home Depot

Moving supplies, materials and tools to and around job sites can be a time-consuming task that often significantly reduces an electrician’s productivity.


The new king in solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities is located on 2,400 acres of land between Phoenix and Yuma, Ariz. Called Agua Caliente, it is now operational as the world’s largest PV solar facility at 290 megawatts (MW).


As a contractor, you must be able to sell your services to a potential client with a proposal that fully conveys the scope of work you intend to provide while also conveying confidence in your company’s ability to perform the work.

In the ongoing narrative of renewable power, success is often measured in superlatives.
 The stories that get top billing often describe massive wind-farm developments, science-fiction-like discoveries and major breakthroughs. A recent project in Los Angeles is no exception.


More on Your Business

 
Power Quality's Impact on System Reliability
by Staff |
| under

Power quality is very important because of its direct impact on your customer’s business. It used to be that if the power was on, your customer was in business. Today, it isn’t a question of whether the power is on; rather, it is a question of whether the power provided meets the equipment’s needs.

READ MORE
 
Energy Recap: What's Ahead Now
by Staff |
| under

A civil war is shaping up over energy that may get nasty this summer, if supplies fall short of demand in several parts of the country, as is expected. The war is developing along two fronts.

READ MORE
 
Speaking the Same Language--Part II of III
by Staff |
| under

I recently received a telephone call from a power quality (PQ) engineer with an electric utility company to help settle a debate on the proper classification for a zero-

READ MORE
 
Inside Plant Testing Methods for MRO
by Staff |
| under

The amount of maintenance work being performed by electrical contractors in a plant setting is on the rise. Corporate outsourcing of this type of work is the prime contributor to the expanding role of the electrical contractor in the maintenance and repair operations (MRO) marketplace.

READ MORE
 
Acts of God and of Lesser Beings
by Staff |
| under

Adverse events that cannot be blamed on the parties can, and do, occur on construction projects. Where the events are predictable (rain, snow, cold weather, etc.), the contractor is usually presumed to have accounted for them in its bid and schedule. No additional time or money will be given.

READ MORE
 
You May Get More than You Bargained For
by Staff |
| under

With the growing reports of energy demand exceeding supply, the attractiveness of energy conservation devices has begun to resurface.

READ MORE

Pages