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Renewables – Asheville Solar Electrician

As Asheville’s Solar Electrician, R.A. Thomas Electrical provides experienced electrical specialists, capable of troubleshooting and implementing innovative solutions. Residential, commercial and industrial photovoltaic or passive solar environments. Our Staff has experience and knowledge regarding renewables and the ability to understand efficiency opportunities in a clients existing property infrastructure.  We are qualified to project management, passive hot water systems as well as development support of a client owned Photovoltaic powered Renewable Energy Facilities.

Using specialized we can quickly detect problems within any existing residential, commercial or industrial solar power installations.

Call us to audit your solar installation with thermographic analysis and reporting. Our Flir Thermal Imaging camera (forward looking) infrared – Flir® can see failing solar components, bad connection behind installed machinery which allows for analysis without removing equipment.

From regular and routine maintenance to emergency situations, our industrial electrical contracting team is able to serve industrial power, equipment, line circuits and components. From new construction to equipment up-fits or maintenance, we provide a wide variety of electrical services:

  • Switchgear Installations
  • Bus Duct & Branch Circuits Feeders

  • Control Wiring for Processing and Manufacturing Equipment

  • Electrical Evaluation of Existing Equipment

  • Computer Room Installations

  • Emergency Services Calls

  • Install Customer Equipment

  • Solar Hot Water and Photovoltaic Services

  • Reconstruction & Emergency Restoration

  • Uninterruptible Power Systems

  • Generator System Installation

  • Preventive Power Maintenance Programs

  • Equipment Relocation

  • Lighting and Receptacles

  • General Control & Automation

  • System Design Consultation

  • Modularized Fabrication

  • System Integration and Design

  • Thermographic Image Reports

  • Contract Maintenance

  • Data to Web Integrators

  • Voice, Audio & Video

  • Computer Room Disconnect

  • Emergency Electrical

  • Project Management

We are highly qualified small business electrical contractors. We are ready to out perform any electric contractor you have ever worked with.

Call us today and we’ll show you what an electrician looks like. 828-258-3999


Duke Power

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Energy Conservation | 0 comments

Duke Power As the world moves toward renewable resources and solutions to curb pollution and to protect the environment,  North Carolina has a barrier. That barrier is Duke Power’s exclusive (monopoly) over electric power and its transmission in the State of North Carolina.  In an effort control the outcome of this recent coal ash spill resulting in contamination of a 100 mile section of a significant North Carolina river. Duke Power quickly went to work cleaning up the 40 million ton arsenic laden coal ash mess and contacted the state hoping to mitigate it liability.  Thank goodness they have friends at state level by way of current governor of North Carolina is Patrick McCrory a 30+ year employee of Duke Power before his bid for mayor of Charlotte and then as Governor of North Carolina. As Governor McCrory is responsible for how the clean up is managed and later cleaned up. McCrory has found a solution to further problems with the cost of cleanup and possible fines for such Corporate pollution. As Governor McCrory has sworn a pledge to serve the people of North Carolina. The conflict with that oath is McCrory’s deep loyalties to the company (Duke Power) that  he spent most of his adult life defending and or representing. Since becoming Governor McCrory is working to rollback North Carolina’s once progressive stance as the second largest renewable power producer in America. To a state that has discontinued the State Tax Credit Program and attempts to repeal North Carolina’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (REPS) that forced Duke Power to invest in Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Programs.  McCrory negative effects have not been limited to Renewable energy has refused statewide medical care and funding to schools, daycare and basically any benefit to NC small business individuals and their employees. We need a Governor that stands with the people of the state of North Carolina and not the second richest utility in America....

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What you didn’t know…Compact Florescent

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015 in Asheville Electrician, Energy Conservation, News, Residential Electrical | 0 comments

What you didn’t know…Compact Florescent

What you didn’t know can hurt you. Take the compact florescent bulb for instance. While the bulb manufacturers  advertise the wattage used for each hour used as 20-27 watts. This number depends on just how bright equivalent you are looking for. None the less the overall marketing as a cost saving advantage based on wattage used per hour illuminated (on). The level of savings is normally derived by taking the advertised “27 watts” subtracted from the equivalent wattage”100 watts” this resulting number is a saving of more than 60%. Wow, I’ve got to change every light in my house to compact florescent…right?   As my grandfather always said the devil is in the details. Which means we didn’t get all the information. Our think tank laboratory team ran test on the advertised wattage verses actual and found the actual wattage to be 77 watts per hour.  The bulb may only uses 27 watts!  But, you for got to add the transformer that powers each bulb.  You see the light created by a Compact florescent bulb come from very high voltage and that voltage requires a transformer to do the step-up in voltage. This fact of missing saving that the manufactures misrepresented to us the consumer. This is something you didn’t know… Support Small Business....

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Thermographic HVAC Inspection

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Asheville Electrician, News, Themographic Inspections | 0 comments

Thermographic HVAC Inspection

Thermographic HVAC Inspection Heating Ventilation and Cooling machinery can often fail. Thermographic HVAC Inspection can detect one or more components such as pulleys, motors, fans, armatures, casings and electrical fault at smaller part levels. The break down of equipment is always preceded by an over-heating of its component. The thermo-vision camera allows none invasive inspection without shutting the equipment down. At times, the installation of new equipment or new electrical load on an existing circuit may cause issues. Using a Thermographic HVAC Inspection and Flir techknowledge can reveal problems by simply viewing the circuit and connections. Power can be on a during analysis. System failure of any size heating, cooling and ventilation system causes loss of income. Our thermographic specialist are trained electricians which makes analysis of what is the best efficient solutions. The use of Thermographic HVAC Inspection to photograph existing systems and facility equipment can give maintenance supervisors and techs a reference point for future evaluation to schedule equipment downtimes instead of equipment failure on its on time schedule. Give us a call today for a walk-through of your home or commercial HVAC equipment using our Thermographic HVAC Inspection...

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Thermal Imaging Inspections

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Asheville Electrician, News, Themographic Inspections | 0 comments

Thermal Imaging Inspections

Thermal Imaging Inspections Thermal Imaging Inspections are an unobtrusive way to determine thermal variance which in many cases indicates possible future circuit problems.  Electrical panels for residential, commercial and industrial clients may be subject component degradation.  Stress on electrical components can be caused for multiple reasons.  Such as expansion or the addition of equipment to a facility or residence. another sleeping giant is a decrease in power quality requirements through-out the Power Grid causes equipment to run hotter due to lower voltage which results in lower power efficiently.  Thermal Imaging Inspections candetect faulty of improperly maintained connections or splices inside service equipment. Our thermal imaging inspections allows us to troubleshoot your home, business, warehouse, barn, factory, skyscraper, hospital or institutional building. inspection and troubleshooting tool does not require the destruction of walls or removal of any surface treatment.  Using thermal imaging you can literally see the problem within minutes while collectingfull color thermal imaging inspections of any room, circuit, machine or system. We help home owners, industrial managers, farmers, engineers, and maintainers understand and master their electrical and moisture problem. Our full color photo reports provide the location and notes related to each image. This makes analysis of repair effort easily confirm-able. Schedule your thermal imaging inspection (828) 258-3999  ...

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Thermographic Inspections

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Asheville Electrician, News, Themographic Inspections | 0 comments

Thermographic Inspections

Thermographic Inspections R.A. Thomas Electric can do a thermographic inspections of electric systems to quickly evaluate and detect issues. Whether it’s a motors, pumps or any equipment with moving or stationary electronic part. If it exists and is a critical part in any system we can evaluate and document you individual assist you and your company. The ability to thermally evaluate an environment, whether detecting equipment bearings that are running hotter than the rest or loose electrical connections in closed junction box. The forward looking infrared technology allows us to view and photograph anything environment or location. Using the photos maintenance teams can reference the photos to evaluate and establish temperature norms for equipment. Any Flir photos can be opened later to determine the temperature any object captured in the photo. It’s temperature is embedded in the spectral color data of the photograph in reference to 256 color spectrum with each color representing a given temperature. This Flir technology can be used in nearly any commercial, Industrial or Residential environment as a diagnostic window to issue involving heat. R.A. Thomas Electric would be pleased to share their thermographic imaging expertise to assist in diagnosing or troubleshooting your facility, home.  Call (828)...

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Electrical Services

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Asheville Electrician, News, Portfolio | 0 comments

Electrical Services

Electrical Services Our team has delivered countless “just in time” electrical services and powered solutions to throughout the Asheville area and Buncombe County and beyond. Together with the community our electricians take pride in their work. We are dedicated to the National Electric Code  (NEC) and provide friendly efficient electrical services.  Our electricians are commitment to Professionalism through Continuing Education. R.A. Thomas Electric is qualified by, Russell Thomas using his Unlimited State license in electrical contracting. In addition Russell also holds a general contractor’s license which allows us to perform more diverse electrical installations.  As a family man his philosophy is to take exceptional care of people that trust you. Our clients seeking electrical services, troubleshooting or repair and maintenance of their electrical systems are treated like family. “I have spent my entire professional career seeking to solve electrical and building problems for the people or businesses in Asheville and Western North Carolina. ” New and older homes have their own special electrical challenges and R.A. Thomas Electric provides highly trained Technicians for home owners o and there businesses.. We are happy to provide the best electrical services in Asheville. Electrical Services for Asheville NC & Western North...

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Commercial Electric

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Asheville Electrician, Commercial Electrical | 0 comments

Commercial Electric

R.A. Thomas Electric has performed Commercial electric repair, expansion, rehab and new construction for small and medium sized businesses in the Asheville area for decades. We take pride in our work and are able to handle jobs requiring no more that 3-5 electricians. Commercial electric work is an exacting process and our understanding and relationships with the City of Asheville and Buncombe County permit inspection office is superb. We have serviced hundreds of commercial and retail businesses in Asheville and Western North Carolina. Because of our downtown Asheville location (in the historic Flatiron Building) have easy access to all the major highway interchanges in the area and can be to your location in minutes. Because we also provide electrical maintenance for 60 tenants of the historic Flatiron building. we are well versed in tenant improvement interior electrical, HVAC and lighting improvements and up-fits. R.A. Thomas is Asheville, NC’s premier commercial electrical remodeler specializing in small and medium size businesses, stores, and clinics. Our electrical license is unlimited and can provide any electrical solution. In terms of lighting R.A. Thomas Electric’s Asheville experience in commercial includes lighting retrofit, lighting upgrade, ballast replacement, light receptacles, track lights, recessed fixtures, pendant lights, LED lighting, fan-light combination, under counter lighting, cove lighting, indirect lighting, post lights, speciality lighting, high bay lighting, florescent lighting, emergency lighting. R.A. Thomas Electric’s Asheville also provides nationally certified HVAC technicians for wiring and connection issues. We are able to evaluate and troubleshoot using a variety of methods including thermographic analysis. For for restaurants and food service companies in Asheville and Buncombe County, R.A. Thomas Electric has helped hundreds of these retail locations. We troubleshoot and wire commercial hood fan unites, relocate 220 volt outlets.   Office buildings Industrial Wiring Computer rooms Data Center Back-up generation systems Generator and transfer switches Tenant Improvements Electrical Remodel, additions, and alteration Interior and Exterior Lighting Fire Alarm Data & Communication, Network Cabling, Cat 5e and Cat 6, Wired Networks, Wireless networks,  Low Voltage wiring IP phone wiring, Telephone wiring CCTV Video Cameras Video Security and Surveillance Access Controls Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps Warehouse Motor Controls HVAC Wiring, HVAC control wiring Refrigeration  and freezer wiring Solar...

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Residential Wiring in Asheville & Buncombe County

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Energy Conservation, Home Electric Repair, News, Portfolio, Residential Electrical, Themographic Inspections | 0 comments

Residential Wiring in Asheville & Buncombe County

RA Thomas Electric Specializing in Troubleshooting Residential Wiring in Asheville & Buncombe County Since 1985, RA Thomas Electric has provided homeowners, multifamily housing communities and residential project developers with efficient, intelligent, responsive and highly effective electrical services. Electrical contracting for homes, mansions, residences, efficiencies, grandfather and grandmother cottages, apartments, condos and townhomes has been our passion for decades. We provide a $135 service call fee and do not upcharge for materials. Our reputation as honest and efficiency has helped our business grow in Asheville and Buncombe County.   City of Asheville Buncombe County The City of Asheville Building Safety Department has identified some areas of the North Carolina Building Codes that may require additional details. The following examples are offered to assist you with compliance: 2012 Code Enforcement Update Please take note that residential plans submitted after March 1, 2012 shall comply with the 2012 North Carolina Residential Building Code unless specifically identified on the plans. Commercial plans submitted on or after July 1, 2012 must comply with the North Carolina Building Code. From January 1 to June 30, 2012 either the 2009 or the 2012 code can be used. For more information or to view codes online, please visit http://www.ecodes.biz/ecodes_support/Free_Resources/2012NorthCarolina/12NorthCarolina_main.html The Buncombe County Permits & Inspections Department exists to protect the life, safety and welfare of its citizens by administering and enforcing the North Carolina State Building Codes as adopted by the Building Code Council. Buncombe County Permits & Inspections provides building inspections and permitting services for all unincorporated areas of Buncombe County and through contractual agreements, provides these services for the towns of Biltmore Forest, Weaverville and Woodfin. Building inspections and permitting is a cost-recovery program through user fees and not funded as a direct cost from county-accessed property taxes. Buncombe County does not maintain data concerning hazardous waste sites within the county. For information on hazardous waste sites contact U.S. EPA Region 4 Superfund Division (www.epa.gov/enviro/index.html) at 1-800-241-1754 or the Division of Waste Management with the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (http://wastenotnc.org) at (919) 508-8400. Memos House Bill 1409 – Electrical Work Exempt from Permitting 2012 Residential Code Changes 2012 NC Residential Code Part 4 of the Energy Conservation Code (Effective March 1, 2012) 2012 NC Energy Conservation Code (Effective March 1, 2012) Location Our office can also be accessed from Charlotte Street by turning into the first parking lot directly behind Tripp’s Restaurant. To learn more about the services available at Permits and Inspections, select a topic from the list on the left.     The Buncombe County Permits & Inspections Department has a mandate to “protect the life, safety and welfare of its citizens by administering and enforcing the North Carolina State Building Codes as adopted by the Building Code Council.” Buncombe County Permits & Inspections provides building inspections and permitting services for all unincorporated areas of Buncombe County and through contractual agreements, provides these services for the towns of Biltmore Forest, Weaverville and Woodfin. Building inspections and permitting is a cost-recovery program through user fees and not funded as a direct cost from county-accessed property taxes. Buncombe County does not maintain data concerning hazardous waste sites within the county. For information on hazardous waste sites contact U.S. EPA Region 4 Superfund Division (www.epa.gov/enviro/index.html) at 1-800-241-1754 or the Division of Waste Management...

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What is Thermography and Infrared Light?

Posted by on Sep 15, 2010 in News, Portfolio, Themographic Inspections | 0 comments

What is Thermography and Infrared Light?

What is Thermography and Infrared Light Infrared light or thermography is the use of an infrared imaging and measurement camera to “see” and “measure” thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal, or infrared energy, is light that is not visible because its wavelength is too long to be detected by the human eye; it’s the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. Unlike visible light, in the infrared world, everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat. Even very cold objects, like ice cubes, emit infrared.   IR spectrum The higher the object’s temperature, the greater the IR radiation emitted. Infrared allows us to see what our eyes cannot. Infrared thermography cameras produce images of invisible infrared or “heat” radiation and provide precise non-contact temperature measurement capabilities. Nearly everything gets hot before it fails, making infrared cameras extremely cost-effective, valuable diagnostic tools in many diverse applications. And as industry strives to improve manufacturing efficiencies, manage energy, improve product quality, and enhance worker safety, new applications for infrared cameras continually...

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Understanding Electricity

Posted by on Sep 15, 2010 in Asheville Electrician, Home Electric Repair, News, Portfolio | 0 comments

Understanding Electricity

Electricity is the ability to move an electron through a guided pathway. The flow of electrons in homes, businesses, hotels, hospitals and institutional buildings is subject to a planning, engineering, installation and repair standard codified by North Carolina Law and National Electric Code. Electricity is dangerous and most of the electricity in residences, civic and commercial buildings and built structures can kill or hurt if the wiring and circuit was misdesigned or overpowered.  Machinery such as heating systems, water heaters, air conditioners, furnaces, coolers, water coolers and fans may fail or malfunction causes other circuits or machinery to be affected with a bigger problem. All electrical work in North Carolina requires a licensed electrician. We provide free telephone troubleshooting or $99/hour for inspections for residential homes, commercial businesses, industrial factories and civic – government – institutional...

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