At last, that lonely Mission Road Power Plant will soon undergo a big change. The historic plant at Mission Road and Highland Boulevard will be transformed into a world-class center that will serve as a cradle for invention and a catalyst for clean energy innovation and technological advancement.

“EPI” stands for “Energy, Partnerships and Innovation.” The $74 million center will be unique in the country in terms of combining a think tank, incubation/start-up space (similar to Geekdom), fabrication laboratory, museum and conference center focusing on new energy innovation - all in one place. Its estimated opening is in 2020.

EPIcenter will:

Showcase a range of clean, new energy technologies through facility installations and changing exhibitions;

Inspire new development by co-locating advancing companies from all other the world with members of the clean energy and technical community at a single facility to spur collaboration and creativity;

Educate professionals, students and local, state, national and...

international communities by spotlighting great work and great thinking;

Convene the best and brightest in the field for clean energy summits and conferences;

Transform a slumbering property into a gem for the emerging community surrounding it and all energyengaged people around our globe to enjoy; and Impact clean energy advancement globally.

EPIcenter will do all these things while connecting to the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River; the San Antonio Missions World Heritage Sites; Confluence Park; the Lone Star Brewery; the Lone Star, King William and Roosevelt neighborhoods; and the entire San Antonio community.

We will soon roll out a new way for our neighbors to connect with EPIcenter, stay up-to-date on progress and receive invitations to EPIcenter Neighbors’ events. In the future, we envision outdoor family movie nights, bar-bcues, and other special happenings. EPIcenter Neighbors is open to anyone living or owning property in the 78204 and 78210 zip codes. It is free to join and will help us keep you, our neighbors, in the know.

Check out our website at www.epicenterus.org and watch for an ad in an upcoming KWA newsletter announcing the launch of the online neighbor portal. Thank you for helping us flip the switch! - Kimberly Britton, CEO and Jill H. Vassar, Director of Development and Partnerships EPIcenter