Swinerton Switches to Locus for Solar Monitoring

October 22, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

SwinertonSwinerton Renewable Energy, an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) provider for solar markets, has standardized its entire solar fleet on Locus Energy’s SolarNOC monitoring platform.

A spokeswoman said, “The two companies have been in discussions for many months now, so everything is integrated at this point.”

Swinerton had been using its own Solar Operations Live View (SOLV) for monitoring, which it built in-house in 2012 when the company realized the need to better manage its increasingly large pool of solar utility assets.

Swinerton has now integrated Locus Energy’s hardware and software products into its utility-scale solar fleet as well as for its residential and commercial customers. Swinerton’s PV portfolio totals over 400 MW, with an additional 600 MW under construction.

Locus Energy’s SolarNOC has an open API that allows for fully automated integration with Swinerton’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, which remotely gathers and analyzes real-time data such as current flow and line voltage and takes sections of the grid online or offline. SolarNOC’s open API also allows for integration with information from third-party data loggers, legacy monitoring providers, public weather data feeds and other data sources.

Swinerton also integrated Locus Energy’s PVIQ analytics suite to analyze how a solar system should be performing, and if it is not meeting expectations, to identify the causes of underperformance.

In its recent list of the top solar EPCs, Solar Power World magazine ranked Swinerton Renewable Energy at number seven.

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