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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. 

As with many long-term investments, the upfront cost of implementation is one of solar power’s biggest challenges. Many companies offer assistance to energy consumers, but the latest is a joint effort to get photovoltaics (PVs) 
on homes.


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.


It’s been said before that all politics are local. Recently, local leaders took that adage and applied it to the pursuit for a new energy society.


The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) established the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training­ Committee (NJATC) in 1941. Dedicated to creating the best electrical workers in the world, it succeeded remarkably.

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Marketing And Networking Take Center Stage At NECA Show 2014

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Estimator's Chess
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A friend recently asked me, “What’s so hard about bidding electrical work? You don’t even need a college degree to be an estimator.” I said he was oversimplifying things and told him it can be a complex, highly detailed process with many strategies and chess-like moves.

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