The Spokane EcoDistrict at South Landing

Avista chose to blaze a new path in Spokane when the city planned a new pedestrian bridge to expand its thriving University District. The utility owned the land on the south landing of the bridge with plans to construct a substation to serve the growing neighborhood.

Instead, then CEO Scott Morris proposed a new vision in partnership with McKinstry to use building energy systems to generate and balance the neighborhood’s energy needs. South Landing was born.

South Landing elevates buildings from blind energy consumers into valuable assets that serve the grid. An innovative, all-electric central energy plant transforms the development into a shared-energy EcoDistrict that serves the Morris Center and its neighboring zero-energy/zero-carbon Catalyst building.

The South Landing EcoDistrict is designed for grid-optimal operations. Thousands of IoT sensors backed by machine learning algorithms pull Avista beyond the meter, providing the visibility needed to balance onsite energy generation and demand with overarching grid operations.

If the grid needs more supply, energy consumption within Catalyst decreases, freeing up any renewable energy generation and stored electrical and thermal energy supply within South Landing. If the grid can’t absorb more supply, excess energy from the grid is moved to the on-site electrical and thermal storage systems.

Edo at South Landing

Edo designed and now operates the Spokane EcoDistrict at South Landing, a development that illustrates the building-to-grid opportunity. The EcoDistrict demonstrates Edo offerings and the unique value delivered to utilities, buildings and third-party asset owners.

The South Landing EcoDistrict is more than a one-off proof of concept. It delivers a template that can be adapted for any market.

Just the Facts
  • Utility partnership from day one.
  • Innovative, all-electric central utility plant.
  • Two existing buildings served (more planned).
  • Zero-energy and zero-carbon outcomes.
  • Energy use intensity (EUI) in the 20s.
  • Thermal and electric storage.
  • IoT sensors, data visualization and machine learning.
  • Restructured tenant leases and occupant engagement/education.