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EPIcenter to Launch Clean Energy Innovation Hub

San Antonio is a city deeply rooted in vivid history, but is quickly emerging as one bursting with innovative ideas and ground-breaking technology. The news of a cutting-edge innovation hub for the clean energy industry has intrigued businesses, locals and media alike. Stories have created a buzz on this state-of-the-art concept. Although incredibly contemporary, the project is also capitalizing on the city’s remarkable history, choosing to locate in the former Mission Road Power Plant, just two miles south of downtown San Antonio.

This new project, known as the EPIcenter, embodies the spirit of innovation in San Antonio. “EPI” stands for Energy – Partnerships – Innovation. Think what Geekdom is for tech entrepreneurs, but for entrepreneurs and communities working toward breakthroughs in clean energy technology. The space will serve a multitude of purposes—incubator of inventive clean energy ideas, collaborative space for new energy startups, laboratories facilitating research, a conference center to gather the industry’s best and brightest, interactive exhibits and educational offerings. This will be San Antonio’s first collaborative, startup working space in the clean energy sphere.

The Alamo City is fortunate to have city, county and state leadership and a business community dedicated to inspiring further growth, better ideas and positioning San Antonio as a leader in new energy. This naturally made it an appealing spot for such a novel concept. The Mission Road Power Plant itself is being conveyed to EPIcenter by CPS Energy and other founders including OCI Solar, Silver Spring Networks, and Landis+Gyr have committed start-up funding. Key business leaders across San Antonio have been instrumental in its inception. The newly appointed Board of Directors reflects that, including well-known influencers such as Cris Eugster, COO of CPS Energy; Paula Gold-Williams, President and CEO of CPS Energy; SH Yoon, CEO of OCI Solar Power; and our very own SAEDF President and CEO Jenna Saucedo-Herrera.

The $74 million project is expected to be completed in 2021 and has some of San Antonio’s best contractors behind it. They include SAEDF member Joeris General Contractors and Raba Kistner Inc.’s Project Control, which will handle project management. Joeris won the contract with its exceptional record and careful incorporation of renewable energy in the plans.

With SAEDF members and friends at the helm of the EPIcenter’s development and a highly anticipated completion, San Antonio’s new energy sector will soon have a significant injection of clean energy innovation. We look forward to the undoubtedly positive impact it will have on San Antonio and the world as a whole. 

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