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.