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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.”

Solar Power World
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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