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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.”

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Solar Industry
October 23, 2014

Locus Energy has announced that Swinerton Renewable Energy has chosen Locus as its exclusive solar monitoring provider.

Angelo Purpuras, manager of technical services at Swinerton, says, "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."

Linda Hardesty, Energy Manager Today
October 22, 2014

Swinerton Renewable Energy, an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) provider for solar markets, has standardized its entire solar fleet on Locus Energy’s SolarNOC monitoring platform.

Swinerton has now integrated Locus Energy’s hardware and software products into its utility-scale solar fleet as well as for its residential and commercial customers. Swinerton’s PV portfolio totals over 400 MW, with an additional 600 MW under construction.

Locus Energy’s SolarNOC has an open API that allows for fully automated integration with Swinerton’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, which remotely gathers and analyzes real-time data such as current flow and line voltage and takes sections of the grid online or offline. SolarNOC’s open API also allows for integration with information from third-party data loggers, legacy monitoring providers, public weather data feeds and other data sources.

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Renewable Energy Focus
October 22, 2014

Top-ranked US commercial solar contractor chooses Locus Energy as its exclusive solar monitoring provider.

Swinerton Renewable Energy, a turnkey engineering, procurement and construction and operations and management 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.

Energy Digital
Kevin Smead, Reporter, Green Tech
September 18, 2014

As solar becomes more accessible and installations continue to spring up, there is an insane amount of data produced daily—and it’s going completely unused.

Even the data itself could be monetized and used to foster growth, according to Michael Herzig, president and founder of solar monitoring company Locus Energy.

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Jeff St. John, Reporter, GreenTech Media
September 11, 2014

As solar PV and grid battery markets mature, so will data analytics.

Software that analyzes the complex interplay between solar PV, energy storage systems and customer energy use sounds like a great idea -- but is it something that companies are ready to pay for?

“We are starting to see an increased focus, not just on wanting analytics, but wanting to pay for analytics -- which is an important distinction. What’s driving this is that the stakes are high,” Michael Herzig, president and founder of solar monitoring company Locus Energy, said during Wednesday’s panel.

“The value of the securitization is a clear driver for paying for the data,” he said. “One of our customers literally guarantees one of its customers millions of dollars per system” based on the performance they predict for the system. “If analytics can give them 1 percent more accuracy, that’s a lot of money.”

Solar Industry Magazine
Michael Puttre, Reporter, Solar Industry Magazine
September 01, 2014

After the ribbons are cut, solar plant owners need specialists to care for their assets over the long haul.

The ability to intelligently monitor PV plants with an eye toward optimization is driving a new class of O&M service providers. New Jersey-based Locus Energy, a provider of solar monitoring and data analytics systems and services, is focusing its efforts on using the information that plants provide – mainly through their inverters – to help deliver the best performance possible.

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