San Antonio's innovative EPIcenter, which will insure that Texas remains the world's energy capital for the next hundred years, is getting a major jump start with the selection of Joeris General Contractors of San Antonio to transform the Mission Road Power Plant on the city's south side into a globally recognized location for clean energy development and research, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
The $74 million EPIcenter, a private, non profit energy incubator, was created by CPS Energy and has already attracted investment from key start ups in the booming green energy field, including OCI Solar and Silver Spring Networks.
EPIcenter CEO Kimberly Britton says the selection of the local firm as general contractor puts the dream of the center for innovation into the reality phase, as it begins 24 to 28 months of work, set to start as soon as private donations reach a level needed to guarantee the project's success.
”We look forward to collaborating with Gary Joeris and his team to create a one-of-a-kind center that will lead the way in accelerating clean energy innovation,” said Britton.
EPIcenter is an incubator on the design of super successful tech incubators like San Antonio's Geekdom and San Francisco's Startup California. It draws on the 117 years of Texas energy innovation dating back to Spindletop, and moving through the era of 'Black Gold' in the 1920s to the invention of Hydraulic Fracturing in the last decade, by pledging to keep that spirit of Texas energy leadership moving forward into the emerging era of renewable resources and clean technology.
The 109 year old Mission Road Generating Station, with its inconic smokestacks, will not only serve as an example of productive reuse of an historic building, but it will keep the students, scientists, and visionaries who will create the future at EPIcenter grounded with a living reminder of the state's monumental energy history.
In addition to the collaborative incubator, with it's co-working spaces, the EPIcenter will include a think tank aimed at advancing the fundamentals of clean energy; a research and development workshop to discuss energy challenges and test solutions; exhibition space with interactive and structural artifacts; a 400-seat auditorium and conference Center; and outdoor venues with terraces, gardens, a restaurant and community spaces.
Britton says the current schedule calls for this groundbreaking center to be fully operational by 2020 or 2021.