Sustainable Industries Daily Update
- Google has opened a door for electronics makers that want to integrate their products with the company's PowerMeter energy management tool. The company said Wednesday that it has released PowerMeter's application programming interface, which will allow developers to create devices that can communicate with the tool.
- With more than 4 billion tons of waste generated each year, U.S. health care facilities could reap substantial savings by reprocessing medical equipment. A study from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that just reprocessing supplies that have been opened but never used could save the health care system $1 billion.
- Distribution facility provider ProLogis says its planned 2.4 megawatt solar project in Portland will be the Pacific Northwest's largest rooftop solar installation. The company inked a deal with Portland General Electric, which will deliver power from the project, being installed by Northwest Solar Solutions, to its customers.
- Brother, can you spare $40 million? That's how much Santa Monica-based Coda Automotive is seeking in anticipation of rolling out its electric vehicles this year. The company closed a $24 million funding round in mid-2009.
- SolarCity this week said it has launched a new fund with U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation to support $90 million worth of residential and commercial solar projects. That makes three such funds totaling $190 million that SolarCity and USBCDC have developed since 2009.
- Claiming the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is misrepresenting the human waste-based compost the agency offers free to the public, the Organic Consumers Association says, in protest, it plans to dump the fertilizer on the steps of San Francisco City Hall on Thursday.