In the past year, fiber optics underwent some important developments, some technical and some market-related. For those of you working in fiber optic network design and installation, the changes present opportunities and challenges.
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.
Credit does not necessarily go to utilities for the expanding role of green power. Some states, including Arizona and Oklahoma, have made it less cost-effective for homeowners to install their own solar panels.
It’s a little like the chicken and the egg when you ask who sets lighting trends. Is it the manufacturer or the lighting designer? In truth, it’s likely both. Keeping up on how each pushes the needle can help electrical contractors maintain or enhance value with customers.