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Participants in a recent San Francisco solar hackathon tackling software for solar power users.

Bay Area Solar Hackathon Draws Throng

Solar enthusiasts gathered recently to use their software smarts to boost solar and renewable energy.

Powerhouse, the world's only incubator and accelerator dedicated to intelligent energy and solar startups, hosted its fifth annual SunCode hackathon on April 7-8 at the Citizen Engagement Laboratory in Oakland.

A record 157 participants worked to create software prototypes that address solar and clean energy challenges over the course of 24 hours.

Emily Kirsch

Powerhouse started SunCode several years ago to attract talented software developers from energy and non energy backgrounds with the hope of spurring innovative software solutions in clean energy. The event has grown, attracted more and more participants, and produced startups like Powerhive and UtilityAPI. 

The 2017 winners included: All Your Battery Are Belong to Us (that's not a typo), Pareto Power, Cumulonimble, and REC Chain.

Check out the winners and all of the awesome teams here. The winning team created an optimization tool that assesses the maximum potential of onsite storage, extended to pooled storage resources. 

Powerhouse will host the event again next year in Spring of 2018.

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