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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.”

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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.

Solar Novus Today
Adrian De Luca, VP Sales & Marketing, Locus Energy
August 24, 2014

The solar industry has been growing rapidly in the past few years, with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reporting a 30% increase in solar installations from 2013 to 2014. Part of this growth is reflected in the increasing number of solar installations at schools and universities. As of September 2014, there were 3,752 K-12 schools in the United States with solar installations, according to SEIA, and that number is continuing to grow.

To qualify for the funding, schools must use the monitoring system that is typically installed with solar photovoltaic (PV) panels for education. Lava Ridge Elementary turned to Locus Energy, a specialist in monitoring systems.

The school ordered the Locus LGate 360 bundle, which includes monitoring hardware and cloud-based monitoring software that can be accessed from a physical kiosk, as well as online. The school chose Locus’ product because of the user-friendly interface of its software and its competitive pricing. With students of all ages using the software in their studies, finding a system that was easy to understand and visually appealing was critical, staff members said.

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Brett Johnson, Reporter, NJBiz
July 28, 2014

The row of windows in Locus Energy's office peer out toward Manhattan. It grants the company a view of its former home. The firm, which provides a monitoring and analytics platform for solar panels, moved to Hoboken in late 2012, lured by financial incentives offered by the state's Economic Development Authority.

Locus Energy allows its clients — which span the residential, commercial and utility sectors — a way to optimize a portfolio of solar arrays with less hardware. The company emphasizes its software, which tracks energy generation and weather patterns, and its suite of analytics, which uses data to compare a “solar fleet's” expectations to its actual performance.

But the solar market in the state has seen a rise and fall over the years. “It's a market with a lot of ups and downs,” Herzig said. “That's one of the main challenges of our business. By being diversified across the U.S., we mitigate part of that.” De Luca and Herzig are confident Locus Energy has a sufficient presence within American borders, so now Locus Energy is looking far beyond its windows.

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Ben Willis, Head of Content, Solar Media, Solar Business Focus
July 22, 2014

With investors looking for steady and predictable returns from their PV plant assets, monitoring technology is becoming increasingly important. Ben Willis investigates some of the capabilities offered by evolving monitoring technologies 

“One of the big challenges has been how can we make the install and commissioning of it as streamline as possible, and really offer a product rather than having a custom project every time you build a new PV system,” says Locus Energy’s Adrian De Luca. “If you’re building a small residential or commercial, you shouldn’t need to design a monitoring system from scratch; you should be able to put a monitoring device in there no matter what kind of inverter you have, what kind of panels or how they’re situated.” Locus monitoring systems have 'plug and play' capabilities for easy installation. Image: Locus Energy.

Locus’ LGate 320 is one example of a ‘plug and play’ monitoring system that seeks to get around this problem by offering a cellular as well as ethernet connectivity. “That headache that used to be there for that installer of how to get an internet signal to the right point is no longer a concern, because as soon as you snap this thing in and it powers on, that connectivity is automatic,” De Luca says.

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Mark Anderson, Reporter, IEEE Spectrum
July 17, 2014

When Australian activists conducted a spoof solar energy installation assessment for their climate change-doubting Prime Minister Tony Abbot's residence (“The Lodge”) last month, the intent may have been satirical, but the software they used is anything but. In fact, virtually simulating solar energy installations from afar has quietly become a commonplace in the solar industry, which is rapidly embracing big data.

Today, though, companies like Solar Analytics in Australia and Locus Energy in the U.S. offer more than just passive bulk monitoring of their arrays.