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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.”


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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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Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

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New Stacked Cells Pop The Lid Off Solar Efficiency

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Solar-power researchers are always trying to squeeze more power out of their devices. After all, more power from solar cells effectively lowers the overall cost, and a more cost-effective cell will make solar photovoltaics more competitive with other forms of electrical generation.


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Cool Tools: Rotary Hammers
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A rotary hammer is the tool of choice for most electricians who must make holes in concrete, block and brick. Small rotary hammers are used primarily for drilling holes to install anchors for hanging Unistruts for electrical conduit.

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Street Lights Getting Smarter

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The evolution of lighting technology is touching every aspect of society. Smart technology and alternative sources of energy are similarly expanding their reach, leading to a range of innovations even in street lighting.


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Bring on the Game-Changing Ideas
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Beginning this month, we are taking a fresh look at Ideas That Work. This column has been part of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine for many years, and most submitted ideas have been time saving and practical.

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New Cheap, Clean, Rechargeable Organic Battery

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Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) have developed an organic, rechargeable battery that could be scaled up for use in power plants, making the energy grid more resilient and efficient by creating large-scale capacity to store energy for use as needed.


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Ideas That Work: Spare Cell Phones, Using HVAC Return Grill and More
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Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

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Roadmap Facilitates Energy-Efficiency Drive
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Although the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) does not develop 
standards itself, nearly 9,500 norms and guidelines produced by organizations, such as the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), carry the ANSI designation, and those standards directly affect virtually every a

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