By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
Tell us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a cleantech startup that partners with companies of all sizes to help them cut (or recover) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and expand access to clean energy by building brand-new solar tasks in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were pioneering putting a carbon value on the building of new solar capability thats determined in watts, not watt-hours, with a new funding structure that allows a broader variety of business to take part, while also being intentional about the neighborhoods where were investing to achieve a fair tidy energy future. We just recently broke ground on our very first utility-connected solar job 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 neighborhoods with our solar projects
What obstacles do you face? Why?
One of the biggest challenges for us, as a fairly brand-new entrant in the clean energy and carbon markets, is making reliability with industry leaders who may be utilized to doing things a specific method. Clearloop is challenging some of the standard ways in which new solar developments have actually been funded, and bringing attention to new locations and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions decreases into the corporate procurement conversation.
To get more information about Clearloop, go to https://clearloop.us/.
Clearloop started as a concept that changed into a business. In the early days– even prior to we had actually decided on the name– we were checking out the theory that more companies need to invest in cleaning up the electrical energy grid so those dollars can be invested enhancing the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is restricted. Clearloop is a cleantech start-up that partners with companies of all sizes to assist them cut (or recover) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and broaden access to clean energy by developing new solar tasks in American neighborhoods otherwise getting left behind. Were proving that you dont need to be a Fortune 500 business with the capability to sign a power purchase agreement to help develop brand name brand-new solar tasks. Even big companies that have actually led the way in eco-friendly energy procurement are now faced with the truth that the greatest chunk of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their value chain, where they might have little control over reduction methods or where decreases might not be instant.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is happy to share the next installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installment includes industry leaders and subjects related to speeding up an equitable and just transition to a renewable energy economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are growing in the renewable resource sector.
Today, we are including Clearloop, an Accelerate member company established by three Tennesseans who desire to make certain that the development and benefits of renewable resource reach all neighborhoods around our nation similarly, beginning with the communities that have a history of getting left behind. Click HERE to find out more 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 a concept that morphed into a business. In the early days– even prior to we had chosen on the name– we were evaluating out the theory that more companies require to purchase cleaning up the electricity grid so those dollars can be spent increasing the economies in Middle America where access to tidy energy is restricted. For me, as one of three founders, this company was motivated by the desire to bring clearness to a large problem with a simple option. We wanted companies to take environment action in the exact same community that welcomed my household as immigrants, and kept me going when things felt dark and the course was uncertain
How can prospective partners work with you?
Were proving that you dont need to be a Fortune 500 business with the capability to sign a power purchase contract to help develop brand name brand-new solar projects. Even huge business that have actually led the way in eco-friendly energy procurement are now faced with the truth that the most significant portion of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their value chain, where they might have little control over reduction methods or where reductions may not be immediate.