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Green Tech Media
Eric Wesoff, Reporter, GreenTech Media
September 15, 2015

Monitoring and analysis firm Genscape just acquired solar monitoring firm Locus Energy. As the solar industry continues its growth -- with the U.S. installing 1 gigawatt of PV per month -- the performance of those solar rooftops and power plants needs to be monitored and analyzed.

And this week, Locus Energy became part of the Genscape group of companies. Genscape is a global provider of real-time data and intelligence for commodity and energy markets. The acquisition price was not disclosed.

As such, it's a reasonable fit for Locus, which claims to have installed more than 80,000 systems across the residential, commercial, and utility sectors in North America. This is all in service of discovering the causes of a solar system’s performance issues.

The Huffington Post
Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown, Writer, The Huffington Post
September 08, 2015

You might see sunshine, but James Kocher, Project Manager at Locus Energy, sees data. Lots of it. A graduate of the Earth Institute Sustainability Management (MS) program at Columbia University, Kocher recalls the words of his professor, "Director Steven Cohen would frequently remind us... 'you can't manage what you don't measure' and that is what big data is ultimately going to solve." Photovoltaics, what most people still call "solar panels," are gaining market share. In the first quarter of 2015 more than half of all new generation capacity brought online was solar, eclipsing natural gas. As solar power scales up, managing efficiency becomes important. Solar panels can be precisely controlled and monitored akin to a computer network to increase performance. As costs go down, more people adopt. "With regard to solar, big data is the key to increasing system production," Kocher explains.

His interest in this area lead him to return to school at the Earth Institute where his study included modeling complex systems. After a few years at Mars, where some of his work revolved around the design and implementation of more sustainable packaging, he joined Locus. Kocher's vision of our rapidly expanding solar infrastructure isn't just about peak performance, but economics as well. Precise and accurate streamlining of energy systems also allows for better risk management. Stable investments in solar assets will propel the industry as a whole. Kocher predicts "securitized loans or bonds accurately priced based on risk using the historical data provided by companies like Locus Energy."

Solar Industry Magazine
Solar Industry
August 31, 2015

New Jersey-based Locus Energy says its solar photovoltaic performance monitoring and data analytics platform supports direct integration of data feeds from Campbell Scientific's data logging hardware.

"With this new integration, solar asset stakeholders with existing or planned projects can adopt premium software solutions without the added cost of new hardware systems," says Michael Herzig, CEO of Locus Energy.

Solar Power World
Kathie Zipp, Reporter, Solar Power World
July 14, 2015

Locus Energy, a solar monitoring and data analytics platform provider for the distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) market, today announced the launch of PVIQ Excel Datalink, a software tool that provides direct access to performance data within Excel spreadsheets. The new tool allows asset owners and operators to easily analyze large datasets and to help ensure that solar PV assets are performing optimally. Excel Datalink is the newest element of Locus’ PVIQ Suite, a set of optimization tools that provides fleet managers with a much-needed means of evaluating performance of solar PV assets and identifying specific performance drivers.

“With the launch of PVIQ Excel Datalink, customers will be able to significantly reduce the amount of valuable hours used for sifting through and analyzing complex data, as we have now automated that process,” said Michael Herzig, CEO of Locus Energy. “We are excited to offer this very flexible tool, as it will allow users to increase efficiency and reduce costs, as we have seen with one of our key partners, SOLV.”

“Since we have integrated PVIQ Excel Datalink into our systems, our analytics team has been able to easily develop detailed customized reports on a wide range of operating factors,” said George Hershman, VP and Division Manager for Swinerton Renewable Energy. “This has not only significantly reduced the amount of time required to manually compile data, but we are also no longer bound by standard data reports.”

Alt Energy Mag
Shawn Kerrigan, Locus Energy
June 18, 2015

One of the first steps in most analyses of solar PV systems is to determine expected system production based on the weather the system has experienced. One approach is to use the production from clusters of solar PV systems to estimate the weather adjustment, an approach involving relative performance algorithms. Locus Energy, a solar monitoring and data analytics platform provider for the residential, commercial and utility sectors, however, has evolved past using relative performance algorithms that compare the performance of a solar PV system with that of its neighbors, replacing this approach with a satellite imagery-based Virtual Irradiance system.

Locus Energy’s Virtual Irradiance (VI) satellite-based irradiance tool is one of three elements in its PVIQ Suite, which provides advanced performance analytics enabling asset managers to boost productivity, reduce operations and management costs and mitigate risk. Locus’ VI tool allows asset managers to easily identify which systems are not meeting performance expectations. The other PVIQ elements include an analysis tool to quantify system losses from specific effects like snow or shading, and an Excel plug-in that allows users to stream data directly into spreadsheets, dramatically reducing the time required to prepare performance reports.

NJ Biz
Brett Johnson, Reporter, NJBiz
May 21, 2015

Back in 2012, there was 1 gigawatt of solar capacity in the entire United Kingdom. As of this month, the fleet of one New Jersey company has outdone that figure.

Hoboken-based Locus Energy announced Wednesday that its fleet has surpassed the milestone of 1 gigawatt of solar capacity in the United States.

In all, the U.S. has reached 20 gigawatts of total installed solar capacity, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. That’s enough power for 4 million of the nation’s homes.

Renewable Energy Magazine
Robin Whitlock, Reporter, Renewable Energy Magazine
May 06, 2015

The rapid growth in solar has meant that onsite energy managers are finding it difficult to manage their expanding onsite solar fleets, which often involve different types of equipment, installers, geographies, inverters and monitoring software. Collecting data from such diverse sources and translating it into actionable operations and management (O&M) commands can be time-consuming and expensive for even the most experienced facilities management teams.

The rapid growth of solar installations has resulted in data sets that are much bigger and more complicated – as well as more actionable – than in the past, making data management a big business. Furthermore, since solar systems have a life cycle of 20 to 25 years or more, data is accumulating over time as well. Locus Energy is helping to solve these challenges by working with managers of residential, commercial and industrial and utility-scale solar fleets to analyze on-site energy production data in order to better understand the reasons for underperformance.

REM talked to Adrian De Luca at Locus Energy to find out more.

PV Insider
PV Insider
April 28, 2015

The US East Coast saw up to 5% less sunlight than average in 2014, while the West Coast enjoyed up to 10% more sun, according to a study published by Vaisala in April that highlights the volatile supply conditions faced by PV plant developers and operators.

Understanding the irradiance levels helps asset managers determine if a system’s lack of output is due to malfunction or weather variation. This could help to save on operations & maintenance (O&M) costs by reducing unnecessary truck rolls and labor expenses, according to Michael Herzig, president and founder of Locus Energy, a solar monitoring and data analytics platform provider.

Locus Energy saw this as a market opportunity and conducted research into how irradiance could be estimated using a variety of different data sources. The culmination of this research is Virtual Irradiance (VI), the company’s software that can generate highly accurate estimates of solar irradiance across the US without the need for a physical sensor.

ZD Net
Lyndsey Gilpin, Reporter, ZD Net
April 01, 2015

When the team at Locus Energy started their company, their primary mission was to monitor the core components of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to provide better insights into kilowatt hours, equipment, and maintenance. Solar technology was just starting to emerge, and they wanted to serve their clients, who were mostly solar providers.

But as the solar industry has grown, so has the potential for Locus Energy's services. By utilizing cloud technology and building a more intelligent solar monitoring and analytics platform, the company expanded their reach and started providing insights into PV systems that were incredibly beneficial to the many players involved in the process -- from investors to installers to leasors.

"The cloud is allowing us to repurpose and communicate with a much broader set of constituencies than in a non-cloud world," said Dan Loflin, VP of business development for Locus Energy.

Clean Technica
Jake Richardson, Reporter, Clean Technica
March 30, 2015

Locus Energy makes software and analytics for the management of large solar power systems. What follows is an interview with CEO and founder Michael Herzig.