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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. 

Nothing says you have arrived more than an endorsement by a Fortune 500 corporation. In the race to capture the hearts and minds of American consumers, renewable power has arguably reached critical mass. 


Energy storage has become a hot topic, vitalized by the need to address issues related to green electrical construction, smart grid initiatives and energy independence. You won’t hear about it on the news every day (not yet, anyway).

Before I get started, I want to let you know that the following is based on my experience with three software packages. While the basic concepts are the same for most software in this category, the specifics of how they work may be different.
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All the hype surrounding smart grid technology masks a painful reality: Change is often disruptive. While the evolution of digital technology in the energy sector hasn’t always been easy for consumers, it is equally challenging for utilities.


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