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Hayden S. Baker, Partner, Sullivan & Worcester LLP
January 09, 2017

With the growth in distributed generation also comes the need for new business models to monitor and coordinate those disparate assets. As those businesses mature, they too become M&A targets. For example, in 2015, the energy monitoring company Genscape acquired Locus Energy, which provides data analytics and performance monitoring for distributed photovoltaic assets. While still in the early stages, state energy reform is fostering growth in distributed generation. New York's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is perhaps the most ambitious of such policies. At its base, REV seeks to reform the utility business model such that the utility serves to coordinate a system of distributed energy resources provided to the grid by other third parties.

Intersolar Magazine
AltenerG on Intersolar Magazine
November 01, 2016

Locus Energy, a leading solar data and analytics platform provider, and Ten K Solar, which maximizes value in commercial and rooftop solar, have announced a partnership that makes Locus Energy's braod and scalable solar fleet management solutions and Virtual Irradiance available to Ten K customers.

The partnership enables Ten K customers to upgrade their entire fleet of PV systems to SolarNOC, the best in-class asset management platform by Locus.

SolarNOC is a cloud-based application that provides installers and fleet managers with the tools they need to optimize fleet performance remotely. SolarNOC's monitoring and analytic

Solar Industry Magazine
SI Staff, Solar Industry Magazine
July 08, 2016

Locus Energy, a solar data and analytics platform provider, and Ten K Solar, a PV system manufacturer and provider for commercial rooftop solar, have announced a partnership that makes Locus’ solar fleet management solutions available to current and future Ten K customers.

The partnership enables Ten K customers to upgrade their entire fleet of PV systems to SolarNOC, Locus’ asset management platform. SolarNOC is a cloud-based application that provides installers and fleet managers the tools they need optimize fleet performance remotely. Locus says SolarNOC’s monitoring and analytic capabilities bring added value to the operation and maintenance, customer service, and marketing efforts through a consolidated interface that provides real-time energy and weather data, system alerts, and performance trends.

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Sean Whaley, Reporter, Las Vegas Review-Journal
July 08, 2016

Four of Nevada’s largest cities: Reno, North Las Vegas, Henderson and Las Vegas placed in the top 20 fastest growing cities for rooftop solar installations in 2015, according to a new analysis by the data delivery companyBuildFax.

“It’s great to see the ongoing strength in the solar PV market,” said Michael Herzig, president and founder of Locus Energy. “From my perspective, however, what is even more amazing is how quickly this has happened. The global solar market has grown in 10 short years from 2.6 gigawatts deployed in 2007 to an estimated 67 gigawatts in 2016.”
Solar Industry Magazine
Charles McBrearty, Locus Energy
July 07, 2016

Accurately and efficiently modeling as-built PV system performance is difficult on many levels.

System monitoring companies typically have very large portfolios of performance data and are in particular need of effective methodologies for identifying underperforming systems.

The most common approach to determine potential under-performance is to calculate a performance metric for each system by dividing the measured actual energy production by what the energy production should have been.

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Pamela Cargill, Principal, Chaolysti
May 09, 2016

While software is a luxury product for some solar companies, it is integral to the success of others. For example, many of the largest residential solar sales, financing or installation companies—such as SolarCity, Sungevity and Sunrun—use software tools to manage sales, system design, business operations and the overall customer experience. The use of these software tools, combined with innovative financial services products and strategic development, is part of what has allowed these companies to scale and capture a large share of the market. In the commercial sector, many companies are likewise turning to software to expedite the due diligence process for power purchase agreements or to automate routine aspects of solar design work.

Well-known companies such as Draker, Fat Spaniel (now part of ABB via Power-One) and meteocontrol pioneered solar power plant monitoring. More recently, vendors such as AlsoEnergy, eGauge, Locus Energy and Solar-Log have introduced simpler and more user-friendly monitoring solutions to market. The latest innovators in this market, such as Curb, seek to integrate solar monitoring solutions with the Internet of things (IoT) by bringing a wealth of data to consumers or facility managers.
Solar Novus Today
Zach Livingston, Director of Account Management, Commercial & Utility
May 02, 2016

As distributed energy resource (DER) capacity and installation continues, the large influx of new power into the grid presents a complicated problem for utilities and ISOs that have to manage and upgrade grid infrastructure to handle the increase of these resources. Currently, network operation centers (NOCs) from these overseeing bodies monitor the production of these resources and issue commands in order to ramp down or ramp up plants as a reaction to demand.

As the grid continues to be upgraded to handle the volume of new DERs, having a low-cost, turnkey solution for control is vital. Locus’ LControl solution, which includes pre-programmed automation equipment, provides this at a highly competitive cost. Looking at more future-thinking regions, such as California-ISO (CAISO) and specific California Utilities, Locus is already seeing control requirements becoming a standard. Locus has experience dealing with these control and Telemetry requirements, and can interface with and procure the different hardware stacks required for these complex projects.

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Mike Munsell, Reporter, GTM
April 28, 2016

According to a new report from GTM Research and SoliChamba Consulting, 58 gigawatts of monitored PV will be added to the world’s total in 2016, bringing the cumulative PV monitoring market to 242 gigawatts. In addition to a growing installation base, the PV monitoring landscape is undergoing tremendous change as it integrates into the broader PV software ecosystem, deals with additional regulatory and cybersecurity requirements, and faces challengers from the energy management market.

In 2015, the market experienced significant merger and acquisition activity including BKW’s acquisition of Solar-Log, meteocontrol’s acquisition of iTerra, and Genscape’s acquisition of U.S. residential PV monitoring market leader Locus Energy. The report notes that the PV monitoring market is likely to see similar activity in 2016. In fact, Solarrus Corporation just announced the acquisition of Power Factors this month.

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Solar Industry
February 03, 2016

Locus Energy, a New Jersey-based performance monitoring and data analytics platform provider for the solar photovoltaic (PV) market in the residential, commercial and utility sectors, says its solar monitoring fleet has surpassed 2 GW of solar capacity in the U.S.

Since 2014, Locus has added more than 900 MW of monitored solar capacity, which is an increase of 88%. The company added more than 25,000 monitored sites in the past year – an increase of 39% since 2014 – bringing its total to more than 91,500 sites.

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Thomson Reuters StreetEvents, Yahoo Finance
November 25, 2015

Edited Transcript of Daily Mail and General Trust PLC earnings conference call or presentation Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 9:30:00am GMT. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the DMGT results presentation for the year ended September 30, 2015.

Now, the middle column you've got a series of names there. That's all in energy. These are all deals done by our Genscape business, which is headquartered in the US. I won't go through them all; I'll just focus on Locus Energy, which is the larger of these transactions. Locus Energy is another company based in New York run by an entrepreneurial team again, and it monitors and collects data on solar installations.

I'm sure you all know that solar is one of the coming sources of energy, growing particularly quickly in the US. So much so that the supply of solar is beginning to affect energy prices in many markets and, therefore, it's essential that Genscape catches that as another data feed into the information it provides for energy trading. So I think a very timely move by Genscape into [that] energy sector. And maybe, in time, they will be able to expand that on a more global basis. There's plenty of solar developments around the world.

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