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Locus Energy launches first smart meter light commercial solar monitoring

Locus Energy has launched the LGate 310, a digital smart meter optimised for monitoring light commercial solar photovoltaic installations.  The combined power meter and datalogger makes it easier than ever to remotely monitor and maintain PV systems.

Together with the web-based Locus Platform that provides an overview dashboard as well as patented analytics, the LGate 310 enables solar fleet operators to efficiently gather data for troubleshooting, asset optimisation and performance guarantee/billing functions.

The LGate 310 has the following features:

  • Itron Sentinel® three phase revenue-grade socket meter
  • Installation with a standard socket meter base and works with any type of inverter
  • Inverter-direct communication and fault detection supported for leading single phase and select three phase inverters
  • Communication via Ethernet or cellular networks
  • Plug and play connectivity with remote firmware upgrades

Until recently, commercial solar PV monitoring required custom integrated data acquisition hardware which can be costly and time-consuming to commission.  Locus Energy now provides a more standardised approach for revenue-grade web-based monitoring of light commercial systems.  The LGate 310 is a third-party solution that is approved for all major incentive programs, and offers the combination of inverter-specific information and accurate PV production data.

“We really value the feedback from our installer partners and we kept getting requests for a more standard option for light commercial monitoring.  PV systems sized at 100 kW and below often times do not require custom-built and -configured data acquisition hardware,” said Michael Herzig, CEO & Founder of Locus Energy.  “With the LGate 310, commercial solar integrators can deploy standard metering hardware with a familiar form factor and an attractive price point.”

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