Partnering for a Green Future: Sun Tribe Solar

As DP Facilities develops a solar energy farm near our flagship Mineral Gap Data Center in Wise, Virginia, we’re leveraging the experience, skills and knowledge of Sun Tribe Solar of Charlottesville, Virginia, to bring the project to fruition.

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Shared Values

For DP Facilities, this partnership enables us to realize our commitment to sustainability and the economic health of the markets we serve.

As Sun Tribe Solar says, “more than any single technology, it’s positive, professional partnerships that make successful projects possible. We believe in investing in these long-lasting partnerships that make a real impact today while helping us build a more sustainable tomorrow.”

Shared Leadership

Sun Tribe Solar is an industry leader in the development, engineering, procurement, construction and operation of large-scale solar facilities.

  • The Sun Tribe Solar team brings over 2 GW of renewable energy experience, having built generating facilities for utilities including Dominion, PSEG, Exelon, and Entergy.
  • Sun Tribe Solar engineers and project managers have led the design and construction of projects ranging in size from 2 MW to 64 MW.

By partnering with Sun Tribe to add solar power at our Mineral Gap Data Center, we are collaborating to help the data center industry reduce its footprint on the energy distribution grid while helping the local community embrace energy innovation — while injecting approximately $1.2 million into the local economy over the project’s lifecycle. In addition to Mineral Gap Data Center and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, Sun Tribe Solar partnered with the Wise County IDA and Appalachian Voices to help make this historic project possible.


In 2019, our solar energy farm in Wise, Virginia, was named one of the 10 economic development projects selected for grant approval from the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Pilot program administered by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and funded by the Federal Power Plus Pilot Program.

Of the $64.4 million in projects DMME has completed over the past decade across areas of Virginia where coal was historically mined, this is the first solar project to ever receive AML funding anywhere in the Commonwealth. DMME showed tremendous vision by directing some of its AML investment toward solar, which creates a win-win-win for Virginia, Sun Tribe Solar and DP Facilities.

The pilot grant will help DP Facilities and Sun Tribe Solar accelerate the development of up to 3.5 megawatts of renewable power — which we envision as just the beginning of solar development in Wise and Southwestern Virginia.

Shared Future

We see this as the opening act for solar power and renewables in Wise County and all of Southwestern Virginia. And we are proud to bring solar power to Southwest Virginia, which will relieve demand on the surrounding electrical grid and grow green energy into a long-term economic opportunity for the people and businesses of this region.

Leveraging renewable solar power to create new jobs and long-term economic opportunity for the people and businesses of this region is the perfect way to build on Southwest Virginia’s legacy of energy production, and to honor the men and women who are working to strengthen Appalachian communities by focusing on a sustainable, eco-friendly, prosperous future.

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