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Certification for Solar Energy Equipment
The Solar America Board for Codes and Standards recently
recommended the adoption of quality standards for all solar photovoltaic
(PV) modules purchased in the United States. The aim of this initiative
is to improve the quality and reliability of the PV technology in the
U.S. marketplace. If you have purchased or installed PV modules that you
believe were poor quality or have information about the recommended
quality standards, send your comments for possible publication in the
August issue of EC&M to Staff Writer Beck Ireland at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call (913) 967-1806.
Ground-Resistance Testers Models 3711 and
AEMC® Instruments clamp-on
ground-resistance testers measure ground rod and small system grid
resistance without the use of auxiliary ground rods. Both meters measure
ground resistance from 0.01Ω to 1200Ω without disconnecting
the rod under test. They also measure ground leakage current from 1mA to
30Arms. The large jaw (1.25 in.) accommodates ground conductors up to
1000MCM. The Model 3731 includes both an alarm function and a memory
function, which will store up to 99 field measurements. www.aemc.com
Around the Circuit
Employment Falls to 14-Year Low in June
Seasonally adjusted construction industry employment
slipped in June to the lowest total since July 1996 while the
industry’s unemployment rate remained at 20.1%, more than double the
average for all workers, according to analysis of new federal figures by
the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)."The recession may
have ended a year ago for most of the economy, but for construction, job
losses and business closures continue every month," says Ken Simonson,
chief economist for the construction trade association.
To read more
on this story, visit EC&M's website.
Billings Index Falls Back After Three Months of Improving
After three straight months of improving conditions, the
Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell nearly three points. As a leading
economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the
approximate nine- to 12-month lag time between architecture billings and
construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA),
Washington, D.C., reported the May ABI rating was 45.8, down
substantially from a reading of 48.4 the previous month. This score
reflects a continued decline in demand for design services (any score
above 50 indicates an increase in billings), and comes on the heels of
the highest score since January 2008 when revenue at architecture firms
headed into recession. The new projects inquiry index was 55.5.
read more on this story, visit EC&M's website.
Study and Recommendations for Public Domain Financial Analysis
San Jose, Calif.-based SolarTech recently released a
report on publicly available solar financial calculators. The report,
"Solar PV Financial Calculators," was sponsored by SolarTech Finance
Committee in partnership with Gary J. Sbona Honors Program at San Jose
State University (SJSU) School of Business and a California Energy
Commission PIER grant.
To read more on this story, visit EC&M's
DOE and DOI Announce
Site for Solar Energy Demonstration Projects in the Nevada
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu,
U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar, and Senate
Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada recently announced the site of the
new Solar Demonstration Zone to demonstrate cutting-edge solar energy
technologies. The Solar Demonstration Zone will be located in the
southwest corner of the Nevada Test Site, a former nuclear site, on
lands owned by the DOI's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and
administered by DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration.
Secretaries Chu and Salazar signed an interagency Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) that will enable the DOE to develop innovative solar
energy projects at the Nevada Test Site. These projects will serve as
proving grounds for new solar technologies, providing a critical link
between DOE's advanced technology development and full-scale
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As the leading electrical integrator in the
United States, Lectrus custom-engineers, builds, and
integrates electrical power equipment into robust metal enclosures. We
typically team with electrical OEM and generator partners to provide
fully integrated, mobile power assemblies that save time, money, and
space when compared to conventional site built structures. www.lectrus.com
Upgrade in California
The University of California, Davis, is accepting sealed
bids for a lump-sum contract for a tunnel cage wash replacement. Scope
of work includes electrical service upgrade, HVAC system, and mechanical
piping alterations. A mandatory pre-bid conference is scheduled for 11
a.m. PST on July 20. Sealed bids must be received on or before 11 a.m.
PST on August 3. For further information, contact Heather Eckels at
Services in Alaska
The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public
Facilities (DOT&PF) is seeking design services for improvements to the
Kodiak Airport on Kodiak Island, Ala. Bids must include plans,
specifications, and estimates for all required design services,
including electrical; utilities relocation design; bidding assistance;
and post-construction field surveys. The contract may also include
construction contract administration services for each project at this
airport. The deadline for bids is 4 p.m. AKST on July 23. For more
information, visit the DOT&PF website.
Richmond, Va.-based Northside Truland recently announced
the commencement of operations for the electrical contracting firm
formed from the acquisition of Northside Electric Co. and Premier
Electric by Truland Service Corp. The firm is being led by VPs Jeff
Thornsbury, formerly of Truland Service Corp., and Chuck Guedri,
formerly of Northside Electric.
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Funding for R&D to Support U.S. Manufacturing of High-Efficiency
As part of the ongoing effort to reduce national energy
consumption through high-efficiency building technologies, the U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced the availability of up to
$15 million in funding to advance research, development, and market
adoption of Solid-State Lighting (SSL) technologies. The department will
select two to eight projects that will help accelerate the adoption of
high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic LED (OLED) products,
which have the potential to significantly reduce energy use and limit
To read more about DOE funding for SSL technology,
visit the EC&M website.
to Embrace New Energy Behaviors to Affect Change
In a recent national survey commissioned by General
Electric and conducted by applied research and consulting firm
StrategyOne, 79% of Americans said they would adjust their energy
consumption habits and behaviors in the short term to effect change long
term, possibly because most of them (72%) believe that how they generate
and use energy today could actually harm the economic growth of the
country. A full 63% noted they would work with their power company to
influence change in consumption habits.
For more results from this
survey, visit the EC&M website.
Eye on Safety
Whitco Co. Stadium Light Poles
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
recently announced a recall of Fort Worth, Texas-based Whitco Co.
stadium poles 70 ft tall or higher. This recall to inspect and repair
involves Whitco Co. outdoor steel stadium light poles from about 70 ft
to 135 ft that weigh from about 1 to 4 tons.
information, please contact CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or send an
e-mail to email@example.com. CPSC is
still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either
directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard
with the same product. Visit the CPSC Web site to report
For more information on stadium light pole failures and
inspection techniques, read the February 2010 article, "The Harder They
Fall," on the EC&M website.
Call for Papers
Call for Papers
Interested in sharing your industry expertise? Speaking
opportunities are still available on the Electric West 2011 conference
program. The conference will take place February 22-24, 2011, at the
Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. Contact Florence Torres, conference
director, for more information on the event, or submit a proposal online
by visiting the Electric West
Shows & Events
2010 BICSI Fall
Conference & Exhibition
The 2010 BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition is scheduled
for September 12-16 in Las Vegas. Conference sessions include "40Gbps
Over Twisted-Pair Cabling: Planning for a New Ethernet Application,"
"Data Centers in a Green World—A High Powered Paradox!," and
"Leveraging Fiber Network Infrastructure for the Next Generation
Network." For more information and to register, visit the BICSI website.
Conferences Are Coming
The 2011 NEC is coming. Will you be ready for the
changes? By attending one of EC&M's Code Change Conferences,
presented by NEC expert Mike Holt and sponsored by EC&M University, you'll
learn everything you need to know about major NEC changes that will
impact your work, whether you're an electrician, electrical engineer,
electrical designer, plant/facility electrical maintenance person, or
electrical inspector. Check out the following conferences for a location
and time that's right for you.
- Atlanta October 11-12, 2010, Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport
- St. Louis October 18-19, Sheraton Westport Hotel Lakeside
- Chicago November 1-2, Hyatt Regency Rosemont
- Seattle November 8-9, Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference
- Philadelphia November 29-30, Hilton Philadelphia City
- Boston December 6-7, Venue to be determined
- Orlando December 13-14, Hyatt Regency Orlando
If you're a registered professional engineer and attend one of the
2011 NEC Code Change Conferences, you'll be granted professional
development hours (PDHs), a requirement for re-licensing. The program is
also certified as an approved provider of Code Update training by those
states requiring continuing education hours for re-licensing of
journeymen, master electricians, and electrical contractors.
Register now to
attend one of the these events. For more details on the conferences and
a full program, visit EC&M's website.
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