EPIcenter

Jack Morgan

A solar panel went up in downtown San Antonio on Friday, and it's one that's unlike any other.

"This is an excellent example of combining art and technology, art and science,” said Penny Boyer of the Land Heritage Institute, a 1,200-acre nature preserve that promotes land stewardship and renewable energy. “This is the world's first solar mural installation."

Around 100 people attended a presentation Monday night on how a nonprofit will reshape a 108-year-old power plant on the banks of the San Antonio river. The meeting, which took place at Freetail Brewery on South Presa, was filled with neighbors of the plant eager to see the project come to fruition.

The Mission Road power plant is less than a mile away from the meeting, adjacent to Roosevelt Park.

CPS Energy gave the power plant to the nonprofit EPIcenter earlier this year with the understanding that it would be converted into a hub of innovation in green energy. 

Courtesy of EPIcenter

Filthy water spews from a pipe the diameter of a baseball into what looks like a storage container. CPS Energy is capping this artesian well--the last of four--that used to feed the adjacent gas-fired power plant. The plant is now an empty husk with patches of native grass growing three feet high on the roof and areas with broken glass and animal scat inside.