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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.

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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.

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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.

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Stephen K Irvin, President, Amicus Solar Cooperative & Adrian De Luca, VP Sales & Marketing, Locus Energy
June 19, 2014

What are the similarities between Ace Hardware and the solar industry? Many more than you might think after the recent announcement that the nation’s only solar purchasing cooperative, Amicus Solar Cooperative, chose Locus Energy as the preferred monitoring provider for its 30 members throughout the country.

As an example, Amicus recently chose Locus Energy, the nation’s largest independent provider of solar monitoring solutions with more than 40,000 systems, as its preferred provider for solar monitoring. The main factors in the decision came from Locus’ performance after a detailed, year-long evaluation that consisted of in-depth research into key performance categories, including reliability and ease of use, troubleshooting and analytics capabilities, product options and warranties, quality of technical support and even future platform capabilities. This type of survey would not have been possible for each individual EPC to conduct on its own, and the feedback on experience that a number of Amicus EPC’s had working with Locus would have been nonexistent. Under this preferred vendor agreement, Amicus’ members were able to secure industry-competitive pricing on solar monitoring hardware and management software without having to research and negotiate these products individually.

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Adrian De Luca, VP Sales & Marketing, Locus Energy
June 17, 2014

The growth of distributed PV is showing no signs of slowing down, and with it solar monitoring is set to grow as well.

Locus Energy is a distributed energy asset monitoring and data analytics platform provider currently focused on distributed solar PV. Our monitoring and analytics platform aggregates and organizes large amounts of real-time performance data from multiple sources, making it easier for PV fleet managers and installers to access and manage their systems. Concurrently, Locus’ PVIQ data analytics platform has the unique ability to remotely identify the specific causes for a solar system’s failure to meet performance expectations. These advanced monitoring and analytics tools allow solar fleet managers to provide the most efficient O&M services to customers. This ultimately leads to increased productivity and lower costs.

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Michael Puttre, Reporter, Solar Industry Magazine
June 06, 2014

The solar inverter is the workhorse of a photovoltaic array. Although often evaluated in terms of constraints in system design, string size, and points of failure, the inverter has evolved into a gateway to the operations and health of the solar PV plant. It provides information about and access to the facility to an ever-expanding circle of stakeholders.

Adrian de Luca, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Locus Energy, says analyzing the vast qualities of data supplied by inverters and module-level electronics from PV plants is the key to being able to use it effectively for O&M and asset management. “Software companies can add value in distributed PV by not just collecting data, but really crunching the numbers,” de Luca says.

Moreover, de Luca says, plant performance data needs to be cross-referenced with environmental and solar irradiance data in order to pinpoint specific loss factors. Waterfall analysis, using a range of algorithms and empirical models, can remotely determine the root causes of a solar PV system’s performance shortfalls. These reasons may include factors such as weather uncertainty, snow downtime, shading, equipment downtime, equipment degradation and inverter problems.