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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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Installing Smart Switches

Many new concepts in lighting control ARE being used by designers and electricians, while other new designs are still relatively unknown.

Professional Gloom

June in Southern California means that the weather is usually cloudy most mornings; residents have come to call the period “June gloom.” This summer’s industry publications brought a different kind of gloom to estimators, no matter what the geography.

The Pros and Cons of Arbitration

Whether to arbitrate is not normally a question. If your contract has a written arbitration clause, you must arbitrate. If not, you can pursue your claims in court. So, what do you need to know about the process? Congress passed the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) in 1925.

Keeping the Cash Register Humming

Have a backup solution for when the lights go out It has been several months since the “Blackout of 2003” captured headlines around the world.

The Great Debate: Security vs. Privacy

Perhaps the most prominent issue in the retail and systems industries is balancing security versus privacy. The debate can get quite heated, sometimes even emotional.

Uprooting the Past

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.

The Magic Behind Theme Park Jobs

“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.