SAN ANTONIO — EPIcenter, a nonprofit energy innovation hub, is pleased to announce the newest international member to its Energy Incubator and Accelerator Program. Erco Energía is a successful startup headquartered in Colombia and focuses on the implementation and management of distributed energy resources (DER), working with utility-scale systems and photovoltaic solar roofs, electric vehicle infrastructure and energy storage systems. In scaling its operations to enter the U.S. and Texas markets, Erco Energía has formed a company in the U.S. called Erco DERServices, Inc. that will be headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.
The EPIcenter Energy Incubator and Accelerator is a hub for energy innovation that supports the development and commercialization of viable technologies and infrastructure services. EPIcenter provides curriculum, coaching, mentorship, connections/access to funding and fabrication laboratories, and services to startups in all phases of development to incite the energy evolution.
“We have been in conversations with Erco Energía for several months to better understand its needs and goals,” EPIcenter CEO Kimberly Britton said. “We are pleased to welcome the company to the program. EPIcenter is excited to help Erco Energía make a strategic and successful entry into the Texas and U.S. energy markets.”
Erco Energía, which already produces more than $4 million in annual revenue, chose EPIcenter because of the vast knowledge and partners it has within the energy sector.
“San Antonio is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, and it has a great energy ecosystem,” Erco Energía Chief Strategy Officer Juan Esteban Hincapie said. “It is a market with a lot of potential in renewable energies that are not yet developed.”
Erco Energía offers operation and maintenance for all business lines. It has a transactive energy platform to settle and dispatch energy transactions and add DER to offer ancillary services to utility companies, energy distribution system operators, and energy market operators.
“We want to work with EPIcenter to conduct a full assessment of Erco Energía and create market entry strategies for San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and Houston,” Erco Energía Chief Operating Officer Juan Camilo added. “We believe we can contribute to the growth of San Antonio with the creation of energy-related job opportunities.”