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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. 

Much of what we think we know about renewable technology comes from visual association. However, much of renewable energy is invisible.

According to a recent report published by Technavio (, a global technology research and advisory firm, the global prefabricated construction market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of between 6 and 7 percent until 2020.

The need to modernize the nation’s outdated electrical infrastructure has become something of an axiom in the age of renewables. Recognizing that need, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has offered an incentive.

By Felix König (Eigenes Werk (own work) - Samsung S750) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The nuclear power industry suffered another setback in California on Tuesday when PG&E announced that it will close the Diablo Canyon power plant in San Luis Obispo County. It is the second such closure in California in the last three years.

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Developing a Specialty Field

Any electrical contractors are experiencing a steady flow of work in their core business in electrical work.

Diogenes' Search

Diogenes, who wandered the streets of Athens many centuries ago, was looking for an honest man. Contractors looking for an estimator candidate face a similar situation.

Why PV Now?

Photovoltaics (PV) are semiconductors that convert sunlight directly to direct-current (DC) electric power. Photovoltaic technology has been used for years in specific applications where conventional utility service is not readily available or practical.

Construction Forecast 2005

Last year's ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR's Construction Forecast went halfway out on a limb to prognosticate that 2005 "may be a big year all around." It's easy-and wise-to be tentative in predicting this year's economy, and some industry gurus have done just that, sticking with "maybe." A group of these g

Drug-Testing Initiative Goes National

The intention is for local chapters and their unions to use the initiative, which was recently affirmed by the NECA Board of Governors, as a template in establishing their own drug testing policies.

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.