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.