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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.

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.

Solar Industry Magazine
Solar Industry
July 10, 2014

Locus Energy, a solar monitoring and data analytics platform provider for the distributed photovoltaic market, has announced the launch of its irradiance modeling tool, Virtual Irradiance (VI).

The first release as part of Locus Energy's PVIQ suite of analytical tools, VI allows solar fleet managers to determine if a system is performing up to expectations based on the amount of sunlight that is available at a particular time and location, according to the company.

Solar Power World
Kathie Zipp, Reporter, Solar Power World
July 09, 2014

Locus Energy, a solar monitoring and data analytics platform provider for the distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) market, announced the launch of its advanced irradiance modeling tool, Virtual Irradiance (VI). The VI provides solar fleet operators with valuable data on the amount of sunlight that is striking the ground, enabling a highly accurate assessment of solar PV system performance.

“VI enables the PV industry to identify which solar systems fail to meet performance expectations, assess how much value was lost and efficiently solve problems at an individual site or across an entire portfolio,” said Michael Herzig, Locus Energy’s CEO. “This is a powerful, intuitive and user-friendly tool that will be vital in helping solar fleet managers understand performance across a fleet and effectively handle O&M issues. As solar becomes increasingly common, VI is also expected to become an important tool in helping utilities integrate solar into the electricity grid,” he added.

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Solar Novus Today
July 09, 2014

Locus Energy announced the launch of its advanced irradiance modeling tool, Virtual Irradiance (VI), which provides solar fleet operators with data on the amount of sunlight that is striking the ground, enabling a highly accurate assessment of solar PV system performance. Locus Energy is exhibiting in booth 8632 at Intersolar North America this week in San Francisco, California.

Locus Energy's Virtual Irradiance (VI) modeling tool provides solar fleet operators with valuable data on the amount of sunlight that is striking the ground, enabling a highly accurate assessment of solar PV system performance that aids fleet managers in significantly cutting O&M costs.

VI may be used with existing system software or as an add-on to Locus Energy's SolarNOC (Network Operations Center) software, a cloud-based software application providing enterprise-class tools for fleet managers to collect, organize and assess performance data from a diverse set of solar PV assets. The filters of SolarNOC's customized dashboard provide an unprecedented level of control over how performance data is aggregated and displayed.

The Peggy Smedley Show
The Peggy Smedley Show
July 02, 2014

Adrian DeLuca, vice president of sales and marketing, Locus Energy, breaks down the solar-energy industry and offers his thoughts on trends in the marketplace.