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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. 

Electrical contractors that perform a lot of hospital work, especially lighting projects, may have a whole new type of work to look forward to in the future.


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

In February, the Florida Power and Light Co. (FPL) and Daytona International Speedway (DIS) completed one of American professional sports’ largest solar-power installations.

As I wrote in Part I of this article: “There is no such thing as a new $5,000 Rolls-Royce. If you want the quality, the engineering and the performance, you need to pay for it. Good intelligent infrastructure is no different.”

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since the Venetian Gothic-
style 11-story Chicago Athletic Club building was completed in time for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893, it has been considered an architectural icon.

Ready for Renewal

Though the Blizzard of 2016 might suggest otherwise, spring is closer than you think. You know the cliche about spring: it’s a time of renewal, and with that comes opportunity.

Street Management Getting Wiser

The beauty of technology lies in its ability to make something magnificent out of the mundane. Take, for example, the transformation of the telephone into a mini, portable computer. A similar transformation is just around the corner, so to speak, for something equally familiar: the city street.

Ideas That Work: Jigsaw Protection, Wire Looping and Coupling Rescue

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

Retrofitting A Senior Living Facility To Be Greener

Green Generation Solutions (GreenGen), Bethesda, Md., retrofitted assisted-living facilities over several years to be greener and more energy-efficient, according to a December article in Facility Executive.

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Solar Trains Could Be The Next Electric Vehicles

The evolution of renewable-energy technologies is full of surprises. No industry appears untouched, and new possibilities emerge all the time. For example, the confluence of solar power, storage and electric vehicles is revolutionizing the dynamic of energy consumption and transportation.