When residential rooftop solar and other distributed generation (DG) technologies began making headway, it was seen as a win-win situation. Residents would win by generating their own power more reliably and less expensively than their local utilities.
California has long been a champion of solar power, and solar installations in the state have been growing at a rapid pace. Many consumers would like to use solar power but are still unable to do so. Now, one California utility is giving these customers the option to embrace solar.
Despite their growing popularity and use, renewable power still faces the challenge of not being cost-competitive with fossil fuels. To compensate for this disadvantage, they have benefitted for many years from tax credits and other financial incentives.
When it comes to electricity and electrical devices, organizations such as the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) try to make living and working with modern conveniences safer for installers and end-users.
Brady recently announced a portable printer trade-up promotion. Users can receive a free BMP41 or BMP51 printer by trading in a qualifying competitive printer and purchasing 12 BMP41 or BMP51 label cartridges.
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is not typically an event that draws electrical contractor interest, but this year’s show raised some eyebrows in the low-voltage market. An influx of products demonstrated that ECs could be pulled further into the high-end consumer market.
The effects of the Great Recession have been far-reaching, and it left many construction companies scrambling to pick up the pieces. Now, after years of turmoil, a new report from FMI, a management consulting firm, suggests that construction is back on the right foot.
Light-emitting diode (LED) technology seems to be all the rage in the lighting industry, and those in the know are more than aware of its many benefits. However, for the average consumer, the world of LEDs is still an unknown.
The intermittent nature of some forms of renewables—solar and especially wind—make storage technology an essential ingredient of their success. Storing the power generated from renewables allows it to be used at times when demand is high and generation is low.
On Jan. 12, 2015, passengers on a Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail train were trapped for some 40 minutes in the tunnels between two downtown D.C. stations, while smoke filled the air, according to the Washington Post.
Along with many new trends that electrical contractors are finding themselves involved with these days, there are some surprises. While ECs have traditionally wired the power for elevators, much of the work has been left to mechanical contractors.