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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. 

Fluke 1730 three-phase energy logger

Productivity loss, equipment damage, facility downtime and increased energy use are only some of the problems that poor power quality (PQ) can create.

The solar power industry, like much commerce today, thrives on innovation and the drive to do more with less. Recently, one industry leader set a new standard when it announced a solar-panel technology with unprecedented levels of efficiency.

While employment in the construction sector has generally enjoyed steady growth over the last 20 months, one element has remained stubbornly weak: the number of skilled workers. The problem is not new, and it persists.

The high price of renewables relative to traditional fuel sources is their biggest drawback. Although the alternative-energy industry has made great strides in bringing down upfront costs, the perception remains that it is a long way from parity with fossil fuels.

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Are Solar-Power Generation Numbers Underreported?

Electrical contractors interested in getting involved in customer solar installations and maintenance (residential, retail, commercial, governmental and industrial) may look at the “official” numbers on solar generation and conclude that, while some opportunities may exist, they are not appealing en

Clean Power Plan Clamps Down On Emissions

When it comes to policymaking in the energy arena, few decisions are going to make everyone happy, especially when the issue is controversial. Clean air is no exception, and the Obama administration waded into a policy knot when it took on the problem of power-plant emissions.

Powering Cities Brings Energy Experts To The Stage

It’s no secret that the United States uses a disproportionate amount of the world’s power. This fact has spurred one of the strongest energy-efficiency movements in history. 

Business Taking A Positive Attitude Toward Energy Savings

The business sector is not considered to the most enthusiastic practitioner of energy conservation, but a new energy-consumption study may debunk the myth.

Is It Cloud Nine?

They’re here. The mavens of technology have arrived to tell us that, once again, we must move on to the next great thing. According to them, web-based software is the path to the future. The “cloud” is where we now must compute, write, schedule, calculate and present.

Smart Grid Could Backfire

For every opinion, there is a dissenter. For every bit of conventional wisdom, there is at least some counter evidence. While common sense and popular appeal seem to point to a smart grid that is more efficient and less disruptive, a recent study reaches a very different conclusion.

What Comes After the Security Installation

When the final camera, intrusion detection, or integrated solution is installed and the security system is commissioned, what comes next? Do you simply collect your final payment and move on to the next project?