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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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Submeter Use On The Rise

The convergence of digital communication and energy efficiency has encouraged the growth of a variety of niche industries and platforms.

Distributed Generation Is A Winning Proposition

In recent years, utility customers and electrical contractors have become “winners” as a result of the growth of distributed generation (DG), such as rooftop solar, small wind, microgrids, etc.

Low-Carbon Microgrid Coming To Native American Reservation

Blue Lake Rancheria is a Native American reservation in Humboldt County, Calif. It sits just under 80 miles south of the Oregon border and 230 miles north of San Francisco.

Role For Microgrids Expanding

The growth of renewables and other energy technology is not just changing the way consumers get their power. The trend toward nontraditional fuel sources also is contributing inadvertently to the growth of other, previously ancillary systems that are riding the wave of green technology.

Estimating Risk

An estimator’s primary job is to produce an accurate estimate. However, estimators may also bear the responsibility for protecting their employers and themselves from risk. It does not matter if you are a small, medium or large contractor.

Plug In, Plug Out And Go

The global plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging market is closely tied to the state of PEV sales and is entering a phase where electrical vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) is becoming a commodity, according to Navigant Research.

Underground Report: Augmented Reality

Electrical contracting companies involved in the installation of underground power or communications cable must know the locations of existing buried utilities before beginning excavation or directional drilling.