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Lindsey Gilpin, TechRepublic
March 19, 2015

Cloud technology and all that it can enable was the theme of the 2015 Cleantech Forum in San Francisco. From farming to water to food supply chains to energy access, startups offering cleantech solutions and services showed off in pitch competitions, discussions, and panels at the conference. The cleantech sector is rapidly growing, and the interest from investors and the funds behind them are growing with it.

Locus Energy is a big data solar company, providing analytics and monitoring of data for solar companies and organizations with solar deployments. The company wants to reduce the complexity of solar monitoring for both large and small arrays around the country. It can also tell users why a certain array isn't performing up to par, which has been lacking until now.

Electric Light & Power
Nathan Morrill, Extra Space Storage & Michael Herzig, Locus Energy
February 11, 2015

Efficiently managing a growing fleet of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems challenges many businesses — not just those in the energy industry. With the cost of traditional grid-tied electricity on the rise and the dramatic decrease in the cost of solar energy, many businesses, as well as building owners and operators, are looking to solar as key pieces of their energy management programs.

With a rapidly growing solar fleet that already takes in more than 150 of the company’s 1,052 self-storage properties, or about 14 percent, ESS needed a tool that would help its energy managers better manage their solar assets and reduce O&M costs. Through a partnership with Locus Energy, an independent solar monitoring and analytics platform provider, ESS deployed Virtual Irradiance (VI).

Soon, Locus will be able to help fleet operators like ESS use analytics to remotely determine the causes of a solar PV system’s failure to meet performance expectations with its Waterfall report, which includes detail on loss factors such as weather uncertainty, snow downtime, shading, equipment downtime, equipment degradation and inverter problems. The prescriptive analysis provided by Waterfall will enable fleet operators a specific, detailed understanding of which factors are most affecting the performance of a solar PV system and how the causes of that underperformance can be addressed best.

Solar Industry Magazine
Michael Puttre, Reporter, Solar Industry Magazine
January 19, 2015

Software developed for grid operators, asset managers, and customer service can integrate solar more effectively.

Locus, which develops data analytics software, is turning its attention to how to use its capabilities to enable better implementation of variable generation renewables – particularly solar photovoltaics – onto a stable and cost-effective grid infrastructure. According to Herzig, the success of these efforts in large part depends on the size of maturity of individual energy market segments.

“To be frank, a lot of this depends on the utilities’ receptiveness to using this information,” he says.

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Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Contributer, Forbes
December 19, 2014

Solar energy continues making huge strides in the United States. Recent numbers from the Solar Industry Energy Association indicate that a rooftop unit is being installed somewhere every 3.2 minutes, with over half a million installations in the U.S. to date.

That’s where companies like Locus Energy enter the game. The company has created a platform to monitor the output of distributed photovoltaic assets, with accompanying data analytics capabilities. Locus Energy aggregates and makes sense of enormous amounts of solar performance data. Its customers are solar installers, owners, and operators with systems in residential, commercial, and utility sectors.

President Michael Herzig, who founded the company in 2007, commented, "As we were starting out, we realized this was a generational change in infrastructure. We asked ‘what can we do that looks like selling pickaxes and shovels’? It was creating the infrastructure for something that was growing very fast and that is now part of that fabric of infrastructure. Without good data and the ability to understand it, this industry would have difficulty developing quickly."

Center for Data Innovation
Joshua New, Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation
December 08, 2014

The Center for Data Innovation spoke with Michael Herzig, founder and CEO of Locus Energy. Herzig discussed how Locus’ innovative use of data analytics for solar photovoltaic systems helps solar PV fleet owners and managers increase performance and decrease costs.

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Bob Silberg, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
December 04, 2014

You’ve gone solar! Thousands of dollars worth of photovoltaic panels sit atop your roof, harnessing the sun’s energy to power your lights and devices. But has your investment been paying off as richly as it should? A pair of satellites orbiting Earth at about a 10th of the distance to the moon can help you find out.

“You just don’t know how efficiently the system was performing unless you know how much sunlight actually hit that location,” said Adrian De Luca, marketing head for Locus Energy. His company enables solar-panel users to evaluate the performance of their systems.

For those customers, Locus Energy offers reports based on information from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) system, a collaboration between NASA and NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

According to De Luca, Locus Energy’s software can provide reports tailored to any location within the continental U.S. or Hawaii, to a resolution of one square kilometer (less than half a square mile).

Solar Novus Today
Michael Herzig, Founder & President, Locus Energy
November 24, 2014

The United States has seen unprecedented growth in distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity, with cumulative capacity now surpassing 15 gigawatts (GW). As solar grows, so does the need for the operations and maintenance (O&M) for the increasing number of solar assets, especially in the commercial and industrial and utility sectors.

Fleet management software, such as SolarNOC (Network Operating Center) from Locus Energy, gives fleet owners and operators the control to collect, organize and assess performance data across a diverse set of solar PV assets. In addition to streamlining O&M functions, the software has the added advantage of openness: it can easily be integrated with third-party enterprise applications for key business processes including reporting, billing, enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) and data warehousing.

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Solar Novus Today
October 28, 2014

Locus Energy, a solar monitoring and data analytics platform provider for the solar photovoltaic (PV) market, announced that Swinerton Renewable Energy, a turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operations and management (O&M) provider for the utility-scale and distributed PV markets, will standardize its entire solar fleet on Locus Energy's SolarNOC monitoring platform and PVIQ analytics suite as part of its SOLV(TM) enterprise solution for optimizing and managing solar plants.

Locus Energy's PVIQ analytics suite delivers PV performance insight derived from the vast amounts of data produced by its approximately 50,000 solar monitoring systems throughout North America. PVIQ consists of three elements: Virtual Irradiance (VI); the Waterfall performance report; and a spreadsheet program plug-in. VI uses satellite and weather data to provide highly accurate ground-level irradiance data in 15-minute increments with coverage across the contiguous US. The Waterfall performance report assesses the drivers behind underperformance, including factors such as inverter malfunction, shading and soiling. The plug-in allows operators to access the Locus database directly from an Excel spreadsheet, which the company reports dramatically reduces the time required to prepare periodic performance reports. 

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Andrew Burger, Reporter, Triple Pundit
October 28, 2014

Intense competition has driven the costs of manufacturing solar photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules down sharply in just a few short years. That’s led downstream solar industry participants to focus on reducing solar’s ‘soft’ and balance-of-system costs. Some innovative solar energy sector participants see great promise in eking out and amassing small gains in efficiency — gains that can that collectively make a big difference to commercial and utility-scale PV system operators, as well as consumers.

Locus Energy, the developer of an enterprise-class, cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that’s said to provide operators unprecedented data collection, analytics and reporting capabilities, is offering just such a solution. On Oct. 22, Locus announced that Swinerton Renewable Energy will make use of its SolarNOC and PVIQ analytics suite to optimize the management of its portfolio of solar PV assets.

“In addition, Locus Energy has expanded its data acquisition and presentation capabilities, enabling Swinerton to integrate data from its industry-leading SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system.”

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Michelle DiFrangia, Reporter, Solar Power World
October 23, 2014

Locus Energy, a solar monitoring and data analytics platform provider for the solar PV market, recently announced that Swinerton Renewable Energy, a turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operations and management (O&M) provider for the utility-scale and distributed PV markets, will standardize its entire solar fleet on Locus Energy’s SolarNOC monitoring platform and PVIQ analytics suite as part of its SOLV enterprise solution for optimizing and managing plants.

Locus Energy’s SolarNOC platform will assist Swinerton’s SOLV solution to provide best-in-class monitoring, analytics and O&M services for both its utility-scale and commercial customers. Swinerton’s PV portfolio totals over 400 MW, with an additional 600 MW under construction. In 2013, Swinerton was ranked the nation’s top commercial solar contractor by Solar Power World.

“Locus is uniquely positioned to provide the most advanced monitoring and analytics solutions across all segments of the PV market, at scale,” says Angelo Purpuras, manager of technical services at Swinerton. “The use of the SolarNOC to manage our fleet provides our technicians with unprecedented data visibility, and the PVIQ analytics will help us to continue providing premium O&M services to our customers.”