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Here Comes the Sun

By Michael Mock, VP of Industry Development, The Electrical Alliance

The dog days of summer are upon us. And while sunny days bring high temperatures, they are also a reminder of a rapidly growing market – solar-related projects.

The marketplace for electrical contracting services is changing rapidly. Some traditional markets are dwindling, while others, including solar, are on the rise, seeing growth in the commercial, governmental and institutional sectors.

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May’s Must-Read Sustainability Articles

Electrical Alliance contractors think about energy management, green building, microgrids and SmartCities all the time. This month, we’ve curated a list of recent articles related to sustainability to keep you up to date on what’s happening in our region, the country and the green technology industry overall.

Distributed Energy Resources’ Roles in the Alternative Energy Market

By Michael Mock, VP of Industry Development, The Electrical Alliance

David Crane, former CEO of NRG and a nationally recognized expert on the generation and distribution of electrical services has noted “the current command-and-control, centralized, one-size-fits-all wire and wooden pole system invented by Thomas Edison is going to be quickly replaced with initiatives in the smart home with home solar, distributed generation, reliability solutions, microgrids, electric vehicle charging and portable solar and energy storage products.”

The Future of Green Building Performance

By Mark Bryan, Director, National Capital Region, United States Green Building Council

Although “going green” has never been easier for building owners, identifying a starting point and navigating the plethora of technologies and services to achieve sustainability goals can prove daunting.   USGBC has led the global movement toward building green for over two decades, and we believe that performance management enabled by advances in both hardware and software is the next evolutionary step in moving towards greater energy and cost efficiency in green buildings.

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Green Banks Growing in Popularity

By Michael Mock

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) recently released a study reporting that jobs in the renewable energy sector – particularly solar and wind projects – have grown 20% annually for the past several years. Now with more than 4 million jobs nationwide, the EDF reports job growth in this sector is 12 times faster than the rest of the U.S. economy.

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Our Take: Disruptive Technologies Headlines NECA Annual Conference

By Michael Mock

I just returned from the National Electrical Contractor Association’s international conference held in Boston. Two words – “Disruptive Technologies.”

Like virtually every industry, the electrical construction industry is undergoing a massive transition in both the way we think about our work and how we perform our work. As one conference speaker asked, “Are you a resistor or a transistor?” Resistance is futile!

J.E. Richards Completes Wiring and Lighting Updates

Electrical Alliance member J. E. Richards Electric is putting the finishing touches on the Cornerstone Chapel, a beautiful new house of worship in Leesburg Virginia.

The 100,000 square foot facility includes a sanctuary with seating for 2,000 people, numerous classrooms for the congregation’s children, and Middle School and High School auditoriums that each seat over 200 kids.

Maximizing energy savings and sustainability were key considerations in the design of the building. The J. E. Richards team delivered a building that is not only beautiful but also highly energy-efficient.