Federal funds to help turn Virginia coal mine into solar farm

This article discusses how Federal funds will be used to turn a Virginia coal mine into a solar farm. The proposed project is set to provide up to 3.5 megawatts of renewable power to data centers in Wise County.

A groundbreaking project to “re-energize” a coal mine deep in southwestern Virginia as a solar farm was green-lighted Thursday with the full $500,000 in federal funds the developers had requested late last year.

Sun Tribe Solar, based in Charlottesville, paired with the owner of the Mineral Gap Data Centers on the proposed $4.6 million solar project on the Wise County site, which was last mined in 1957.

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