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Spokane EcoDistrict

Dept. of Energy Grants $6.6M to Edo for Spokane Smart Grid Project

Edo, a firm that specializes in building-to-grid integration and utility decarbonization at scale, was recently selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for $6.65 million in funding to deliver a grid-interactive efficient building community demonstration project in Spokane as part of the agency’s Connected Communities program. The demonstration project will be developed and delivered in partnership with Avista, McKinstry, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Urbanova.

In addition to the $6.65 million DOE grant, Avista and the other project partners will invest another $4.9 million in matching funds for a total project cost of $11.55 million.

The Edo Connected Communities project in Spokane will meet local grid needs through a mix of efficient buildings, energy-efficiency programs, and distributed energy resources such as solar photovoltaics and battery storage. The program will focus on when energy is used and how to better utilize the existing grid in an attempt to defer major capital investments and promote affordability. The lessons learned from the demonstration project will be published in a playbook to help other communities replicate the design.

The Edo-led team will use concepts from the South Landing development and Spokane EcoDistrict operated by Edo. The Spokane EcoDistrict was developed as a partnership between McKinstry and Avista.

“Edo was created to modernize how our built environment generates, distributes and consumes energy by bridging communication across the meter and creating truly grid-integrated buildings,” said Hendrik Van Hemert, Edo managing director. “The Connected Communities project will build upon our success with South Landing and the Spokane EcoDistrict, bringing grid-interactive efficient buildings and neighborhood-scale shared energy systems one step closer to being a new standard for communities across the country.”

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Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.

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