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Adding Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment to a Building or Parking Lot

With electric vehicle sales increasing rapidly, buildings and public parking lots need electric vehicle charging stations to meet market demands and government energy mandates.

Ralph Neidert, master electrician in Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia and assistant director of the Electrical Alliance’s Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC), was the first person in the Washington, D.C. area to conduct training for the trainers who will teach licensed journeymen electricians how to install Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE).

By also being the first in the area to offer the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP), Neidert possesses extensive knowledge in changes made to the program since its inception, the positive effects EVSE has on achieving LEED certification in buildings, energy policies, local and national trends, and the future of EVSE in Washington, D.C.

Neidert can provide your audience with an expert opinion on the benefits of EVSE and how to best add EVSE into a building plan and meet the customer needs.

Contact Elizabeth Johnson at 240-595-2213 or to arrange an interview with Neidert.

Lifelong Career

If people have a knack for math and science, and enjoy working with their hands, they need to find a profession with this combination. And, it shouldn’t be sitting behind a desk all day.
With a career in electrical construction in the Washington, D.C. area, they don’t have to. Not only do electrical apprentices and journeyman electricians work on a variety of projects, they also work on them across a wide-range of industries.
Local electricians have completed work on notable jobsites such as:

  • The Lincoln Memorial
  • Washington Redskins FedEx Field
  • The National Zoo
  • Washington Nationals Park
  • The Presidential Inauguration Stands
  • Dulles Airport Expansion
  • U.S. Green Building Council Headquarters
  • Data Room

Electricians have aided in projects that keep U.S. past President’s lit, ensure the Redskins and Nationals can see during night games, keep the exotic zoo animals healthy, and safeguard airports. And, they’ll never get bored. Electricians can work on multiple projects during one week.

They also get paid to learn. Apprentices in the program make $41,000 per year and earn up to $84,600 upon apprenticeship completion.

Kevin Burton, Director of Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee offers top reasons to pursue a career in electrical construction and become a skilled electrician.

Contact Elizabeth Johnson at 240-595-2213 or to present your readers with insight into a stable, well-paying, lifelong career as an electrician.

Local Business Must Harness Solar Energy

Solar markets are booming in the United States due to falling photovoltaic prices, strong consumer demand, and financial incentives from the federal government, states and utilities according to the 2012 IREC Solar Market Trends Report.

Additionally, solar energy plays a big part in helping a building become LEED certified, and have contributed to the United States Green Building Council rating of Washington, D.C. as the most sustainable state in 2012, with Maryland ranking at number three, and Virginia at number four.

Local businesses must make this energy source and movement work for them by hiring an experienced electrical contractor.

Andrew Porter, executive director of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the National Electric Contractors Association, can offer best practices for beginning a solar installation and selecting the right contractor.
He leads an association of more than 200 electrical contractors that have completed innovative high-profile electric solar installation projects in the area to aid in LEED certification achievement. Their expertise is demonstrated by their work on projects, such as:

  • 8,000+ solar panels installed at Washington Redskins FedEx Field
  • The largest rooftop solar array in Maryland, an electrical installation of a 1.8 megawatt rooftop solar project for Constellation Energy in Belcamp, MD
  • Donation and installation of a new photovoltaic (PV) array system for North Point High School in Waldorf, MD recognized by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley
  • Georgetown University’s School of Business that achieved 15% energy savings through the efficient lighting design and control system.

Contact Elizabeth Johnson to schedule an interview with Porter or a metropolitan DC electrical contractor at 240-595-2213 or