Locus Energy Expands Remote Weather Capabilities

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High-quality snow and sunlight data reduces unnecessary site visits and lowers costs

We are excited about how this upgrade to our virtual weather capacities will help our clients reduce downtime and improve their fleets’ performances - Michael Herzig, CEO of Locus Energy

Today, Locus Energy announced the release of several major updates to the remote weather data available in the SolarNOC™ platform, including snow depth data, five-minute Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI), Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI), and Diffuse Horizontal Irradiance (DHI) data. The data is integrated with Locus Energy’s web application, or available directly through the Locus API for integration in custom Excel® models or third-party systems.

These updates provide critical data to managers of solar PV sites. Solar PV systems without on-site weather equipment can use this data as a virtual weather station, eliminating the cost and complexity of an on-site sensor.

Systems that already have on-site weather data collection equipment can use these remote weather data fields to validate and gap-fill data from on-site. For example, GHI data can help validate on-site GHI sensors, while DNI data can be used to assess tracker performance.

Locus Energy’s new snow data makes it much easier to identify when snow is the cause of system underperformance, helping to reduce unnecessary site visits. Snow cover often correlates very well with site downtime or reduced production. For example, a PV site’s production can drop to zero when about 250mm of snow accumulates, but then resume a few days later after the snow has melted off.

“We are excited about how this upgrade to our virtual weather capacities will help our clients reduce downtime and improve their fleets’ performances,” said Michael Herzig, CEO of Locus Energy.

To learn how to improve your solar fleet management and efficiency with the SolarNOC platform, please visit: http://info.locusenergy.com/solar-noc-fleet-management-software

About Locus Energy

Locus Energy is a solar monitoring and data analytics platform provider for the solar photovoltaic (PV) market spanning the residential, commercial, and utility sectors, with over 130,000 systems deployed across North America. Locus Energy’s cloud-based software aggregates, organizes, and analyzes performance data from multiple sources, making it easier to access, manage, and identify the causes of a solar system’s failure to meet performance expectations. With a deep intellectual property portfolio, Locus Energy provides many of the largest utilities, capital providers, equipment manufacturers, and asset managers with sophisticated software to track performance across large portfolios of solar installations. Locus Energy’s corporate headquarters are in Hoboken, NJ, and its technology headquarters are in San Francisco, CA. Locus Energy is an affiliate of Genscape, the premier global commodity and energy information Services Company. For more information on Locus Energy, please visit: http://www.locusenergy.com

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