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How Does Tri-State Electrical Work Safely?

Safety is vital for anyone who works with electricity, especially industrial and commercial electrical contractors. We here at Tri-State Electrical Contractors take it very seriously, and here are some of the ways we keep it that way.

Safety is Foremost for Everyone in the Company

Tri-State Electrical Contractors features an on-going safety training program that ensures that our management, employees, and independent contractors all follow the highest safety standards within our industry. We go out of our way to ensure that our entire organization works to prevent accidents and ensure that all employees remain safe.

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Zero Tolerance for Unsafe Practices

We have a zero-tolerance policy for unsafe practices at work while emphasizing our rules, standards, and procedures when providing our services, from beginning to end.

Provide the Latest PPE and Tools for the Job

Tri-State Electrical provides the safest and most up-to-date person protective equipment (PPE) and tools to ensure our workers’ and our customers’ safety. Some of the PPE we issue:

  • Safety Glasses and Face Shields
  • Hard Hats
  • Safety Shoes
  • Insulating Gloves with Leather Protectors
  • Flame Resistant Clothing
  • Insulating Sleeves

Some of the other PPE that might be needed on a case-by-case basis includes:

  • Respirators
  • Chemical and Cut-Resistant Gloves and Chaps
  • Work Positioning Equipment such as Body Belts and Pole Straps
  • Fall Arrest Equipment

We also issue Insulating Protective Equipment (IPE) for job-specific tasks including:

  • Line Hoses
  • Rubber Hoods
  • Rubber Blankets
  • Insulating Live-Line Tools such as:
    • Hotsticks
    • Switchsticks
    • Shotgun Sticks

Receive Regular Unannounced Safety Inspections

To maintain these high safety standards, we have partnered with CORE Safety Group, the leader in onsite safety inspection and management, to review Tri-State’s safety practices and audit them. They are an independent third party providing additional safety feedback to the management team.

CORE conducts regular unannounced site safety inspections to review the worksite conditions and whether safe practices are followed. CORE documents each inspection with a detailed finding report allowing us to improve our safety practices continually. This ensures that both our employees and our customers are safe when electrical work is underway.

Follow Current Best Practices and Latest Training

The commercial electrical industry is constantly changing. The development of new technologies and best practices requires continued education and training. CORE provides various OSHA-compliant training courses to ensure that our workforce is up-to-date with the latest techniques and information on a wide array of topics within the electrical industry.

At Tri-State Electrical, Safety is Always Front and Center

We follow electrical safety best practices when delivering comprehensive commercial and industrial electric services, including high-voltage electrical work, motor controls, product line and conveyor systems, substations, generators, power distribution centers, and much more.

To learn more about how Tri-State Electrical can help you with your commercial electrical project, give us a call at (423) 800-2134, fill out our simple online form, or email us at info@tristateec.com today.

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5 Examples of Industrial Electrical Services Projects

A general definition for industrial electrical services is any design, installation, troubleshooting, or repair of electrical systems for industrial clients, such as manufacturers, warehouses, factories, machine shops, construction projects, and much more. Here are details about a few of the services we provide.

1 – Designing New Electrical Systems

Designing a new industrial electrical system must be carefully coordinated with the rest of the construction team and the building owners. The industrial electrical contractor needs to have a good idea about what type of workspace, machinery, lighting, etc., will be in the design. The customer will have requirements, but they are looking to the electrical contractor to be the final word on the electrical system design.

Worker installing a high-voltage industrial electrical project

2 – Remodel/Rewire Existing Industrial Electrical Systems

Sometimes, an industrial building’s existing electrical system is no longer suitable for the business’s day-to-day activities. So the old electrical system will need to be torn out, a new electrical system installed. This requires careful evaluation of the existing load on the current system. Where have there been problems with the existing system? What are the company’s current power requirements? And more. In many ways, a remodel can be more challenging than a completely new electrical systems installation.

3 – Automation and Control Systems

Today’s industrial environments rely more than ever on smart technology. As a result, electrical contractors cannot just install the machinery and expect it to run. Today’s industrial electric contractors must understand the interfaces for these systems and how to design, program, and customize the controls systems for the electrical function of the equipment and the communications and integration with the machinery controls, control panels, and much more.

4 – Conveyor System Electrical Work

Conveyor systems come in many different configurations. They can be highly complex, automated solutions or simple conveyor systems. These systems always come with electrical controls integrated with the production line. These systems often require a bit of tweaking to get the conveyors working smoothly, so it doesn’t hurt to have an industrial electric company available for troubleshooting.

5 – Industrial Generator Installation

Industrial generator installation, just like most other industrial electrical services, is a complex undertaking. Many factors need to be considered, such as:

  • Are you installing it inside or outside?
  • How old is the building where the installation will take place?
  • Does the area experience extreme weather such as torrential downpours, hurricanes, or snowstorms?
  • Are there any local laws or regulations that may impact where and how you can install the generator?
  • How much power does your building use at peak usage?
  • How long do you need the backup generator to run?

These are just a few of the factors that need to be considered when installing an industrial generator.

Tri-State Electrical is the Premier Industrial Electrical Company Serving Alabama, Tennessee & Georgia

We provide a wide variety of commercial and industrial electric services, including high-voltage installations, conveyor system electrical work, substations, backup generators, power distribution centers, and much more. To learn more about how Tri-State Electrical can help you with your industrial electrical project, give us a call at (423) 800-2134, fill out our simple online form, or email us at info@tristateec.com today.

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What Are Some Incorrect Assumptions About Solar Panels?

Solar panels have been around for a long time. A lot longer than many people realize. The first patents filed for solar date back to 1883, when Charles Fritts, a New York inventor, created the first solar cell. The technology was quite impractical back then because these cells could only convert solar energy at a rate of 1 to 2 percent. Modern solar panel technology began emerging in the 1970s and has expanded in scope and efficiency in recent years. But there are a lot of incorrect assumptions surrounding solar panels; here are a few of them.

Solar panels for home in Chattanooga

Solar Panels Don’t Work on Cloudy Days or During Winter Weather

Modern-day solar panels work in all environments, whether they are warm, cold, or cloudy. Cloudy weather will reduce the power generated by the panels by 60 to 80%–depending on the time of the year. But any sunny day, whether in the middle of summer or the cold of winter, will produce a lot of energy for your home or business.

Installing Solar Panels is Complicated

While it is true that installing solar panels on your roof is not a weekend DIY project for the average homeowner, most reputable solar panel manufacturers make it easy to install them with a little experience and know-how. And connecting your solar panel system to the power grid makes it even easier. It is also easy to find an excellent local solar panel installer to handle the job for you.

Solar Panels Don’t Work in High Temperatures

The efficiency of the solar energy conversion decreases slightly in very high temperatures. It may increase efficiency in low temperatures or if a cold wind blows over the panels helping to dissipate excess heat.

Solar Panels Require a Lot of Maintenance

Maintaining modern-day solar panels has never been easier. You use water to rinse away any accumulated dirt or snow that collects on them. Solar panels are also designed to be durable in the harshest weather conditions, including hailstorms.

Solar Panels Are Not a Good Investment

Some people assume that installing solar panels on a home decreases their value because of how they look. An excellent solar panel energy system increases your home’s worth anywhere from $5000 to $29,000. Solar energy systems are highly sought after in the current real estate market.

Solar Panels Are too Expensive

Installing a solar panel system can be expensive. Yet, the cost of photovoltaic technology decreases in price every year, and the efficiency increases. You also reduce your monthly energy costs once the installation is complete, and the solar panels pay for themselves at about a 12 to 15% rate per year. Many states also provide energy rebates or low-interest loans to help you afford the system’s initial installation.

An Investment in Solar Panels is a Sound Investment

These are just a few of the myths surrounding solar energy systems. To learn more about solar energy systems or if you need help installing your own home solar power system or solar panels for commercial buildings, give Tri-State Electrical Contractors a call at (423) 800-2134, fill out our simple online form, or email us at info@tristateec.com today.

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5 Things to Look for in a Superior Commercial Electrical Contractor

When it comes to commercial electrical contractors, there are many companies to choose from, but how do you find the best one for your business? Here are five qualities to look for when selecting a superior commercial electrical contractor.

1 – Experience

Nothing beats good old-fashioned, down-in-the-trenches experience. Because the nature of commercial electrical jobs is unique, there is no “one-size-fits-all” when executing your plan. Every job will have its own unique problems and challenges that will require extensive knowledge, problem-solving, and creativity to resolve. And in the field experience is the best way to build these skills and attributes. Don’t only look at the number of years the company has been in business, look at the years of combined experience of the employees at the business, as well as the range of different jobs they have successfully delivered for other customers.

Project completed by an excellent commercial electrical company in Chattanooga

2 – Reliability

When you have an electrical problem or need motor controls installed in your factory, you need to have a commercial electrical company that you can depend on to get the job done on-time and done right the first time. Every second you are out of operation costs money; an excellent commercial electric company understands this and makes reliability one of its focuses for the business.

3 – Attention to Detail (Safety)

The nature of electricity leaves no room for error when installing electrical equipment at a worksite. Following high safety standards is critical for protecting both the client and their property as well as the workers on the job.  An excellent commercial electrical contractor has in-depth rules, procedures, and guidelines that must be followed by all employees for every project. This includes the proper use of protective equipment, tools, and work that meets or exceeds all regulations and requirements.

4 – Competitive Prices

High-quality work is great, but if the expense is too high, you might not be able to meet your project goals. An excellent commercial electric contractor delivers high-quality work at a competitive price in the market. They have no problem providing a quote for any project, big or small.

5 – Excellent Customer Service

Fast, friendly service is essential when dealing with complex commercial electric projects. You will have questions and need information during any initiative, so having access to a knowledgeable employee is a commodity that many commercial electrical contractors overlook.

Tri-State Electrical is the Premier Commercial Electrical Company Serving Alabama, Tennessee & Georgia

We provide a wide variety of commercial and industrial electric services, including motor controls, instrumentation, substations, generators, power distribution centers, and much more. Tri-State Electrical is also your go-to provider for commercial and industrial solar installation. To learn more about how Tri-State Electrical can help you with your commercial electrical project, give us a call at (423) 800-2134, fill out our simple online form, or email us at info@tristateec.com today.

Benefits of going Solar

Top Benefits of Going Solar – Part 2

In our last blog, we shared insight on some of the top grounds for going solar. But there’s even more reasons to explore this route, so we’re continuing our look at why this could be a great opportunity for you or your business.

Benefits of going Solar

Solar is a Secure Investment

The energy providers are well-known for their unreliable and fluctuating electricity costs. There’s an upward trend.

With simple math and solar panels, our team is able to calculate how much electricity can be generated, and more importantly, at which price, for at least the following two decades.

Guaranteed Performance

Manufacturers of solar panels offer a 20- to 25-year warranty along with their panels. After 25 years, the industry standard guarantees 80 percent performance.

Solar panels’ real lifespans are much longer – your panels will likely generate a significant amount of electricity 30 to 40 years into the future.

Save the Environment

It’s a given that most homeowners opt to try solar because it makes sense from a financial viewpoint. With that being said, the environmental advantages also are worth mentioning.

The United States places 2nd in the world in yearly CO2 emissions at 17.9 percent, directly behind China. It’s possible to go a long way in reducing your carbon footprint by replacing electric power with clean electricity from panels.

The median residential system offsets around 100,000 pounds of CO2 in two decades – the equivalent of driving an automobile for 100,000 miles.

Creates Energy Independence

With more individuals and businesses going solar, it’s possible to help to decrease United States dependence on foreign energy sources. We’ll inevitably run out of natural gas, coal, and oil, and while we continue our use of these increasingly expensive energy sources, our economy and national security suffers.

Solar is Easy

Investing in solar once was a complicated and long process. There are multitudes of solar providers in the United States alone. In the past, it could take weeks to locate the top solar deal. Thankfully things have changed.

Are you in need of Off Grid/Hybrid Solar EPC services in Chattanooga, TN? If the answer is yes, please feel free to get in touch with our Solar Division at Tri-State Electrical Contractors by calling (423) 800-2134.

benefits of going solar

Top Benefits of Going Solar – Part 1

benefits of going solar

Back in 2012, the United States solar marketplace increased by 76 percent. Never in history has solar power been this obtainable to households in America. What are the reasons so many homeowners opt to go solar nowadays? Let’s dive into the top benefits of going solar:

Save Money

This one’s a no brainer! According to experts, adding solar panels to a house may bring in month-to-month savings of above $100 in most states. Extend that to 20 years, less than the length of a standard solar panel warranty, and that translates to more than $30,000.

Begin Saving from Day One

Solar PPAs (purchase power agreements) and solar leasing made it possible for owners to try solar for little or even no money down.

Most homeowners opt to finance their panels with a “pay-as-you-go” financing option. That means a 3rd-party company – a solar provider – owns the solar system and cares for repairs, performs monitoring and maintenance, and installation. You just pay the solar company for electricity – less than you would have paid a utility provider.

Incentives Abound

As of the year 2009, the $2,000 cap upon the Federal Solar Tax Credit was lifted. You’ll receive 30 percent of overall system expenses back. That means you’d save $7,500 upon a solar system that is worth $25,000. Combine that with local and state rebates and Solar Renewable Energy Credits and you may see overall expenses slashed in half. Plus, if choosing to pay in cash, the period of payback is in most cases less than 10 years.

Boost the Value of your Home

Purchasing a house that has solar panels translates to lower utility costs. Panels will boost a home`s appeal in the marketplace, similarly to houses that have low property taxes, houses in preferred school districts and houses that have great Home Energy Ratings.

Are you in need of Off Grid/Hybrid Solar EPC services in Chattanooga, TN? If the answer is yes, please feel free to get in touch with our Solar Division at Tri-State Electrical Contractors right away at (423) 800-2134.

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What Are the Environmental Benefits of Solar Panels?

A solar panel installation in Birmingham

It isn’t a secret that the main selling points of switching over to a solar-powered lifestyle include 1) savings on your energy bills, and 2) decreasing your carbon footprint. Irrespective of the reason you choose to go solar, one thing’s for certain: by appreciating these solar energy benefits, you help to preserve the environment and encourage global sustainability, one ton of carbon dioxide at a time. Lower your carbon footprint, and operate your house — and even your vehicle — on emission-free, clean energy.

Impact and Environmental Benefits of Solar Power

Using systems that are solar powered is one proven method of reducing the quantity of electricity that is drawn from fossil fuels, like coal and natural gas. The renewable, clean energy that is harnessed from the sun makes for a much more appropriate alternative for your house, which as a result, significantly reduces the overall quantity of energy your energy company once had to have to meet your household’s energy demand.

Solar panels boast cumulative and social benefits. The more folks see their family, friends, and neighbors using solar, the more likely they will be to convert then become users of solar themselves. Then, this leads to lesser consumption of fossil fuels, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and a smarter and safer planet.

Consider the Following Facts

In 2008, the United States EIA ( Energy Information Administration) stated a total of 30.2B mT (metric tons) of world energy-associated CO2 emissions. That statistic is predicted to increase all of the way to 35.2B metric tons in 2020 and in  2035, as great as 43.2B metric tons. It also is predicted that those emissions will grow at 16 percent over the following 22 years — it ought to be a massive cause for concern.

On the flip side, solar panels and energy don’t produce CO2 emissions and offer your household clean power. What’s more, solar manufacturers are using greener practices and methods as each day goes by, to substantially lower the quantity of resources that are used in making solar products and materials. That move only furthers the immense benefits provided by solar panels.

For more information on solar energy, contact our Solar Division team at Tri-State Electrical Contractors in Chattanooga, TN at (423) 800-2134.

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3 Alternative Energy Sources

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Here’s a look at three of the most prominent sources of alternative fuel, the benefits they provide and the possibility for increased uptake in the near future.

Hydrogen Gas

Unlike other natural gas forms, hydrogen is a fully clean burning fuel. When produced, hydrogen gas cells only emit warm air and water vapor when used.

The main problem with this type of alternative energy is that it’s mainly derived from the use of fossil fuels and natural gas. As such, it might be argued that the emissions that are created to remove it counteract the advantages of its use.

The electrolysis process, which is critical for the splitting of water into oxygen and hydrogen, makes it less of a problem. But, electrolysis still ranks under the aforementioned method of obtaining hydrogen, although studies continuously make it more cost-effective and efficient.

Tidal Energy

Tidal energy utilizes water’s power to produce energy, similar to the hydroelectric method, but its application, in many cases, really has more in common with wind turbines.

Although it’s a pretty new technology, it has incredible potential. Research generated in the U.K. estimated that such energy might meet as high as 20 percent of the United Kingdom’s present demands for electricity.

The most common tidal energy generation form includes the usage of Tidal Stream Generators. They use the ocean’s kinetic energy to power turbines, without generating fossil fuels’ waste or being as vulnerable to the elements as additional alternative energy forms.

Solar Power

When the majority of people imagine sources of alternative energy they usually utilize solar power as an example. This technology has massively evolved over time and is now utilized for both large-scale energy generation and single home power generation.

Numerous countries introduced initiatives that promote solar power’s growth. The UK’s ‘Feed-in Tariff’ is one of the examples, as is the ‘Solar Investment Tax Credit’ in the United States.

This source of energy is fully renewable and the expenses of installation are outweighed by the money that is saved in utility bills from traditional suppliers.

For more information on solar energy please feel free to get in touch with our Solar Division team at Tri-State Electrical Contractors in Chattanooga, TN at (423) 800-2134.

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Tesla Powerwall: Is it Worth the Investment?

Example of a Tesla Powerwall in Augusta

Tesla Powerwall coupled with solar panels will enable your house to go fully off grid and completely operate on your own energy or utilize a lot less energy from the grid. During the day, the panels will capture electricity from the sun then convert it to energy. Your house will operate off that energy and the excessive energy that isn’t being used is stored in the solar storage system. When the sun sets, your house still will be running off of green, clean solar energy.

Solar Battery Benefits

The most notorious Tesla Powerwall benefit includes producing all your electricity without having to use energy from the energy company. Solar panels oftentimes produce more electricity than a house will use during specific times of the day. With a Powerwall, it’s possible to store this energy for later usage, rather than letting it be wasted.

More importantly, energy providers frequently increase their prices at specific points of the year and the price of energy is consistently increasing. With the Powerwall it’s possible to avoid those peak charges and rates. Even when the solar panels aren’t generating energy your house still will operate on stored energy from the Tesla Powerwall.

The most enticing and final benefit of the Powerwall includes protecting your property when disaster strikes. When your community is struck with hurricanes or winter storms and is out of power, the Tesla Powerwall gives you the capability of powering your residence’s essential electronics with its stored energy.

Why Should You Get the Tesla Powerwall?

If you want to be energy independent, this is what you need. With the combination of your solar panels and Powerwall solar batteries, your house will be pulling much less electricity from the grid than ever before. Fewer fossil fuels will need to be utilized to produce that power, which means less pollution. So, the Tesla Powerwall helps keep the environment green while giving you the benefit of reducing your monthly energy expenses. Contact our team today to learn more!

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Solar Panel System: What Size do you Need?

Installation of a home’s solar panels in Chattanooga

You made the decision to switch to clean, green, solar power, and are considering installing a solar panel system. There are some questions you can ask which helps you determine what you would like out of your solar system.

Do you want to lower your electric bill or go off grid?

If you really want to reduce your energy bill, the quantity of solar panels is determined by precisely how much you wish to reduce it by. If you simply want half of your energy usage to be lowered, the solar panel system likely will be smaller. If you wish to cover all of your energy needs, you probably will require a larger solar system in order for it to capture all of the solar power your house needs. Also, you might want to think about buying a solar energy battery that stores all excessive energy the panels will deliver. It’ll permit your house to operate on renewable energy even during the night.

How much energy are you consuming?

If your electric use is fairly low even without panels, it might mean the size of the panel system does not have to be that big. If your panels generate more energy than your house uses on a routine basis, you probably also would want to look at either net metering, or the installation of a solar battery in order for excess energy not to disappear.

How many kilowatt-hours can your panels generate?

The answer to that varies- that is because, like vehicles, solar panels are available in different brands and generate different electricity levels. For instance, a bifacial solar panel that generates electricity from both sides- naturally will produce more energy than single-sided solar panels.

What size system should you get?

The answer to that varies from one house to another, and depends mostly on the aforementioned factors above. If you wish to cover all of your energy needs, you probably will require a bigger solar panel system, meaning of course, more panels. But, if there’s limited space on the roof you might instead utilize higher efficiency panels. It’d mean fewer panels, but more production rates.

With 50 years of experience in commercial, industrial and residential work, trust Tri-State Electrical Contractors for your solar panel system needs. Call 423-823-5158 to request for a quote.