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5 Factors That Contribute to Industrial Electrical Services Cost

An industrial electrical project is typically very expensive. This post identifies and describes five factors that contribute to the cost of an industrial electrical services project.

1  – Scope of Work

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Typically, the project scope is the most significant contributor to your industrial electrical services project’s cost. All industrial electric projects begin with a scope of work, a statement about what specific actions the electrical services company takes to complete the project.

These can range from a simple repair, such as upgrading wiring to one industrial component, or as large as installing new electrical systems in multiple buildings at a site. The longer the project will take, the more expensive the estimate.

2  –  Experience Required to Complete the Project

Most industrial projects are highly technical jobs that need to be customized to fit within the plant. Many laws and regulations must be followed to have the work pass an inspection. Therefore, an industrial services electrician has to have specific skills and experience to complete the work. The training and certifications required for performing complex or highly specialized tasks is very expensive. For this reason, the labor cost of an industrial electrical project will be high.

3  –  Time of Service

It would be great if industrial electrical equipment would choose to break down sometime between 8 am and 5 pm on a weekday, but the reality is that this can happen at any time and that includes at night, on weekends, and during holidays. Businesses must pay a premium rate for after hours or emergency services.

4  –  Location of the Project

The location of the project can have a significant impact on the cost of an industrial electrical services project. For example, if the project is far away from the electric services company, there will be travel expenses and travel time that need to be built into the cost. If the location is in an extremely hot or cold place, the industrial electrical contractor may need special equipment or training to work in these locations. Some locations, such as a refinery or heavy industrial manufacturer, may require special training and safety equipment to complete the project.

5  –  Materials Needed for the Project

Simple electrical projects might need a new switch and wiring to repair one piece of industrial equipment. Still, others might require a significant amount of wire, conduit, electric panels, PLCs, and much more. The materials needed, their availability, and the amount needed will increase the cost of the overall project.

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At Tri-State Electrical, we pride ourselves on answering all your questions about your industrial electrical services project. For more information or to get a quote for your industrial electrical project, call us at (423) 800-2134, fill out our simple online form, or email us at today.

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Best Practices for Maintaining a Solar Storage System

A solar storage system is not just the batteries and capacitors that hold the energy. To process that energy and store it efficiently, you need to examine all of the components in the system. This includes the solar panels, the wiring and connectors within the system, and the solar batteries.

Here are some best practices for maintaining a solar storage system. But before you get started, review your manufacturer’s instructions for each system component and follow their guidelines.

Maintaining Solar Panels

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Solar panels cover the most square footage of all components within the system and are outdoors. Therefore, they are more susceptible to the acts of nature. What are the best ways to maintain solar panels? Take these actions:

  • Making sure the light can get to the panels is the first place to inspect within the solar storage system. Check the area around the solar panels to ensure that nothing obstructs the light to the panels. The most common obstruction is trees. This might mean you need to trim them or cut down the trees altogether
  • Clear off any dust, dirt or debris such as leaves, sticks, grass and other common causes of dirty solar panels.
  • Clean the solar panels using the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning equipment and solution. Most of the time, a cleaning solution such as water and vinegar wiped on and off with a soft brush or cloth will be good enough.
  • Finally, inspect your solar panels for any chips or cracks. If you find damage, contact a qualified solar storage system installer to repair or replace the panels.

Maintaining the System Wiring and Connectors

The wiring and connections within the system are often the most fragile and vulnerable part of the solar storage system. As a result, you need to inspect all of the wires and connectors carefully to make sure they are not showing signs of damage or excessive wear.

Maintaining the Solar Batteries

Solar batteries require the most care of any components within a solar storage system. Do these to maintain them well:

  • One of the best ways to prolong a solar battery’s energy storage capacity is to monitor the battery’s charge to ensure it doesn’t completely discharge.
  • Regularly inspect the fluid level in the batteries and fill them with distilled water if needed.
  • Prevent corrosion by periodically cleaning the battery terminals with a terminal cleaning brush. This ensures that there is excellent electrical contact and limits inefficiencies.
  • If you are extremely handy, apply a sealant or high-temperature grease to the battery terminals to protect them from corrosion.

Get a Professional Solar Storage System Inspection

If any of the actions above are too difficult, or you do not have time to complete them, hire a solar storage system maintenance company, such as Tri-State Electrical Contractors, to perform a complete system inspection and take care of any maintenance the system needs. This protects your investment in the solar storage system and ensures it remains reliable and efficient for a long time.

Let Tri-State Electrical Contractors Handle Your Solar Storage System Needs

If you are considering installing a solar storage system, such as the Tesla Powerwall, reach out to Tri-State Electrical. we pride ourselves in answering your questions about any solar storage system’s needs. Whether you want to install a new solar storage solution or require maintenance or an inspection of an existing system, give us a call at (423) 800-2134, fill out our simple online form, or email us at today.