Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
Clearloop began as a concept that changed into a business. In the early days– even prior to we had actually decided on the name– we were evaluating out the theory that more companies require to invest in cleaning up the electricity grid so those dollars can be spent increasing the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is limited. Clearloop is a cleantech start-up that partners with business of all sizes to assist them cut (or recover) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and broaden access to tidy energy by building brand-new solar tasks in American neighborhoods otherwise getting left behind. Were proving that you dont require to be a Fortune 500 company with the ability to sign a power purchase contract to help build brand brand-new solar projects. Even huge business that have led the method in sustainable energy procurement are now faced with the reality that the most significant portion of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they might have little control over decrease techniques or where reductions may not be immediate.
To get more information about Clearloop, visit https://clearloop.us/.
Inform us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a cleantech start-up that partners with business of all sizes to help them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, clean up the grid, and broaden access to tidy energy by building new solar jobs in American neighborhoods otherwise getting left. Were pioneering putting a carbon worth on the construction of brand-new solar capacity thats determined in watts, not watt-hours, with a brand-new financing structure that permits a larger selection of companies to take part, while also being deliberate about the neighborhoods where were investing to accomplish a fair clean energy future. We just recently began on our first utility-connected solar task in Jackson, Tennessee. As we grow, Clearloop will be focusing on Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta as we tackle both dirty grids and economically distressed communities with our solar projects
What obstacles do you face? Why?
One of the most significant challenges for us, as a reasonably new entrant in the clean energy and carbon markets, is making trustworthiness with market leaders who might be utilized to doing things a certain method. Clearloop is challenging some of the traditional methods in which new solar developments have actually been financed, and bringing attention to brand-new geographies and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions decreases into the business procurement conversation.
How can potential partners do business with you?
Were showing that you do not need to be a Fortune 500 company with the ability to sign a power purchase agreement to assist build brand brand-new solar tasks. Even huge companies that have blazed a trail in eco-friendly energy procurement are now confronted with the truth that the most significant piece of their carbon footprint remains in Scope 3, their value chain, where they may have little control over reduction techniques or where decreases might not be immediate. That is where Clearloop can be found in– were a new tool for services big and little to take tangible environment action right now and help us decarbonize the grid in the locations that require it the a lot of. We require more imaginative ways to help deal with the climate crisis in such a way that purchases the places where that dollar produces more economic chance and social mobility for the communities where were constructing. Were firm believers that the environmental, health, and financial benefits of clean energy investments should reach all corners of our nation and were looking for partners who are prepared to take action
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is happy to share the next installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installment includes market leaders and subjects associated with speeding up a fair and simply transition to a renewable resource economy. In acknowledgment of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are flourishing in the eco-friendly energy sector.
Today, we are including Clearloop, an Accelerate member company established by three Tennesseans who wish to ensure that the innovation and benefits of eco-friendly energy reach all neighborhoods around our country equally, beginning with the communities that have a history of getting left behind. Click on this link to get more information about Clearloops effect.
The following is a Q&A with Clearloop Co-Founder Laura Zapata and Constance Thompson, ACOREs Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programs
What inspired you to begin your business?
Clearloop started as an idea that changed into a business. In the early days– even prior to we had actually selected the name– we were checking out the theory that more companies require to buy tidying up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be spent boosting the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is limited. For me, as one of 3 creators, this business was influenced by the desire to bring clarity to a big problem with a simple option. We wanted business to take climate action in the very same neighborhood that invited my household as immigrants, and kept me going when things felt dark and the path was unclear