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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. 

This tunnel lighting is part of Birmingham’s total lighting upgrade.

The City of Birmingham, Ala., announced a new project designed to upgrade its current public parking garage lighting to energy-efficient, connected light-emitting diode (LED) lighting. The retrofits are expected to save about $375,000 per year.

Credit cards typically apply interest to late payments. This interest factor, which may be 18 percent or more, can be viewed as a form of liquidated damages (LDs). The base amount owed is not liquidated, because it depends on your balance, but the percentage is liquidated, or fixed, by agreement.

Most of the 3.5 million residents of Puerto Rico have spent two days without power as the result of a fire at Aguirre power plant in the southern town of Salinas, according to the Associated Press.

For renewables and energy efficiency, effective storage technologies are a key ingredient to their continued success. For its part, the battery industry is keeping up. According to a recent study by the firm Navigant Research, the market for next-generation battery technology is ready for growth.

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Sprig Electric And ERMCO Upgrade San Jose Soccer Stadium

Sprig Electric, a specialty electrical and low-voltage systems contractor in San Jose, Calif., completed wiring and other upgrades at the recently opened 18,000-seat Avaya Stadium in March.

Rooftop Solar Gets a Reprieve in Arizona

In a state blessed by an abundance of sun, one might expect the solar industry to bask in unmitigated regulatory support. But Arizona is not California, and the state’s homegrown controversy over rooftop solar has cast a dark cloud over the future of the market there.

DOE Sees Expanding Role For Nuclear Power

The nuclear power industry has experienced a number of setbacks in recent years, as more plants close due to safety concerns and renewable-energy industries expand at a record pace. On the other hand, many people still consider nuclear power to be an essential energy source for the future.

AGC Employment Report Identifies Factors Slowing Industry Growth

While overall trends indicate a national growth in construction employment, in certain areas of the country, there is still cause for concern. According to findings by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), this is heavily tied to the health of the local economy.

Prefab Homes Can Now Be Energy-Efficient

Prefabricated construction has always been a convenient time-saver for contractors. In addition, more contractors have begun to focus on building energy-efficient homes and other structures.

Missouri Governor Backs Clean-Power-Transmission Project

In this era when renewable power enjoys tremendous popularity, not all proposals are a slam dunk. Leaders sometimes have to take a stand to help get controversial projects over the hump. In June, Missouri Gov.

Commercial Building Energy Use On The Decline

In the pursuit of energy efficiency, buildings are a major target. Commercial buildings in particular represent some of the biggest energy users. A new survey by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that energy use in this sector is declining.