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Chase The Sun: Solar Plots API Helps Sun-Lovers Find Their Sweet Spot

The SolarPlots API provides a new data tool to track where the sun will be in any given location in the US (and adjacent parts of Mexico and Canada) for any specific date and time or series of dates. The sun plotting search tool could possibly be used by photographers needing to know best times to shoot twilight scenes, for sun-bathers wanting to book the best time on a hotel rooftop, or home buyers wanting to calculate how much direct sunlight their new property may get. Developers could use the app to scale up such individual needs or to add sun-loving contextual information to a location-based app product.

Hunk Offers Big Data Analysis Muscle for Hadoop Systems

Big data platform Splunk has released an analytics product specifically to allow for on-the-fly analysis of data stored in Hadoop platforms. Under the sub-brand moniker “Hunk”, the Splunk-analytics-for-Hadoop product has been released today. Using the Splunk API along with a library of SDKs in popular develop languages including Javascript, Ruby and Python, users can point Hunk at any Hadoop-stored data and almost immediately start running search queries and producing analytics visualizations.

Save Energy. Save Money: ecobee API

ecobee, a company that provides intelligent energy management solutions, has released the public ecobee API that will make it possible for developers to create new applications that integrate with the functionality of ecobee's Smart Thermostats. The company prides itself on having developed energy solutions that are easy to understand, easy to manage, and ultimately reduce the impact on the environment and save money.

Cleanweb Portland to Host its First Hackathon

Cleanweb consists of "a grassroots movement committed to solving the world’s most profound issues related to resource constraints through the application of information technology." The Portland Cleanweb Community will host its first hackathon May 17th - 19th. Developers, designers, and other professionals with gather to solve local environmental issues with web, mobile, and social media technologies.

Reegle Tagging API Simplifies Search for Environmental Content

Reegle serves as a clean energy information portal. Founded on the belief that up to date, quality information on renewables, energy efficiency and climate change is fundamental to reformed energy policy and an accelerated clean energy marketplace; Reegle specifically targets governments, project developers, businesses, financiers, NGOs, and academia with its offering. The Reegle tagging API automates the tagging process to simplify discovery and organization.

Panoptix Increases Building Efficiency API Count to 10

Johnson Controls launched Panoptix last year to offer developers a  set of tools and APIs that encourage development in the building efficiency space. Developers took their first shot at the Panoptix suite of APIs at Hack-City SF. Panoptix continues to garner attention to its platform, and further enhanced the offering with four new APIs. Panoptix launched with building, space, and meter data APIs; now, the platform added AHU, VAV, and HVAC data.