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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. 

In July, Tesla Motors and Panasonic signed a cooperation agreement to build a large-scale battery manufacturing plant in the United States. They call it the “Gigafactory.”


Ideal Networks SignalTEK CT Gigabit cable performance tester

For commercial structures, certification tests document that a building’s voice/data/video network complies with industry standards.


An unusual, groundbreaking solar plus energy-storage microgrid project in Rutland, Vt., was recently announced. The Stafford Hill Solar Farm is being developed by Green Mountain Power in collaboration with Dynapower and GroSolar.

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There are a number of encouraging signs indicating a rising demand for fire alarm panels in commercial and industrial buildings. Local, state, and federal building codes are the primary drivers, but the recent U.S. economy has not hurt either.

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