Northern Virginia: Big data center development & hydrogen fuel hub on the way to Surry County, North Virginia

Apr 13, 2023 | Posted by MadalineDunn

A first-of-its-kind combination data center and hydrogen fuel hub is on its way to Surry County, North Virginia, it has been announced. Middleburg-based Green Energy Partners LLC is leading the project, which is called the Surry Green Energy Center (SGEC) and comes after GEP secured 641 acres of land in Surry County. 

The project will reportedly include 1 gigawatt of data centers, a green hydrogen hub, and see the deployment of four to six small modular reactors (SMRs). While the facility will initially be powered by the grid, the company shared that eventually,  the data centers would interconnect to new carbon-free sustainable power from the on-site SMRs. According to the company, the site will have positive national security implications, and is "highly suited for new nuclear."

The company shared that it is working with the "most accomplished" SMR vendors, data center builders and hydrogen hub production experts, and projects that the project will create 3,000 direct and indirect jobs in the area, although reports are that it might take between ten to 15 years for these jobs to come into fruition.

While the project is awaiting formal approval from the Surry County Board of Supervisors, according to Bill Puckett, vice president of strategic development for GEP, "all indications are good."