Case Study

Mineral Gap Data Center

The Mineral Gap Data Center presented a number of possibilities – along with a number of challenges – all at once. The result of two realities: the fast-growing data center boom being seen nation-wide and the move in rural communities throughout Southwest Virginia towards a clean energy economy.

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About the Project

The Mineral Gap Data Center presented a number of possibilities – along with a number of challenges – all at once. The result of two realities: the fast-growing data center boom being seen nation-wide and the move in rural communities throughout Southwest Virginia towards a clean energy economy. As proof of Sun Tribe Solar’s continued commitment to innovation, this project also represented a new frontier: the first abandoned mine land project to be converted to solar anywhere in Virginia. Thanks to the introduction of solar, the center will see operating costs go down while the local energy distribution grid will see a decrease in peak load demand. In short: there are benefits for both the company and the community.

As proof of Sun Tribe Solar’s continued commitment to innovation, this project also represented a new frontier: the first abandoned mine land project to be converted to solar anywhere in Virginia. Thanks to the introduction of solar, the center will see operating costs go down while the local energy distribution grid will see a decrease in peak load demand. In short: there are benefits for both the company and the community.

To make it happen, Sun Tribe Solar worked closely with community, advocacy, and private sector partners, including Mineral Gap Data Centers, the Wise County IDA, and Appalachian Voices. Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy also made a critical investment in the form of $500,000 in federal grant money to help the site meet important environmental standards. But even more importantly, this solar system will inject around $1.2 million into the local economy over the life of the project.

 

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    Middlesex County Public Schools
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    Fisher Auto Parts

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    Kendrick Kier
    Fisher Auto Parts

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