Locus Energy Announces Its Solar Forecasting Service -- a Key Asset for Grid Management and Power Planning

Jun 20, 2013, 10:30 ET from Locus Energy

HOBOKEN, N.J., June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Locus Energy is announcing the beta launch of its solar forecasting service. A preview of this technology was shown at Solar Power International 2012.

The forecasting service provides a short-term (0-6 hours) forecast tool capable of predicting solar irradiance and power across an entire install base or geographic region. Building on the latest research in artificial intelligence and remote sensing, the service projects cloud motion by applying patent-pending computer vision algorithms to real-time satellite imagery in order to forecast solar irradiance and power. The solar forecasting service leverages Virtual Irradiance and builds upon the existing historical and real-time irradiance and power modeling features currently available through Locus Energy's SolarOS™ platform. The feature can also utilize SolaNOC™ functionality to model dynamic groups of PV arrays in selected geographies.

North America has seen rapid distributed PV growth, increasing the impact of volatile solar power generation upon grid stability. Locus Energy's CTO, Dr. Shawn Kerrigan Ph.D., notes that "solar forecasting can provide insights into how incoming weather patterns will impact solar power generation, allowing grid operators to adapt and optimally plan non-solar power generation." High-quality, verifiable solar forecasts provide utilities and ISOs with a valuable tool to efficiently manage the integration of solar generation into the electric grid.

Please visit for more information or visit us at booth #7445 at Intersolar 2013 for a demonstration.

About Locus Energy

Locus Energy develops web-based asset management software for renewable energy systems.  We provide monitoring, analytics and data services for deployments of solar photovoltaic technology. By leveraging Locus' products, renewable finance companies and integrators can drive down the cost and complexity of energy monitoring while making it much easier to maintain and service an installed client base. Founded in 2007, Locus has offices in New Jersey and San Francisco, and monitors over 20,000 PV sites worldwide.

Contact: Adrian De Luca, 1-212-500-2097,

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