Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is happy to share the next installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installment includes market leaders and subjects connected to speeding up an equitable and simply shift to a renewable resource economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September functions highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are flourishing in the eco-friendly energy sector.
Today, we are featuring Clearloop, an Accelerate member business established by 3 Tennesseans who desire to make certain that the development and benefits of renewable resource reach all neighborhoods around our country equally, starting with the communities that have a history of getting left behind. Click HERE to learn more about Clearloops impact.
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 company. In the early days– even prior to we had actually chosen on the name– we were testing out the theory that more companies need to invest in cleaning up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be invested boosting the economies in Middle America where access to tidy energy is restricted.
Inform us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a cleantech startup that partners with business of all sizes to help them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and expand access to clean energy by constructing brand-new solar jobs in American communities otherwise getting left behind. As we grow, Clearloop will be focusing on Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta as we deal with both unclean grids and financially distressed neighborhoods with our solar tasks
What challenges do you face? Why?
One of the most significant challenges for us, as a reasonably brand-new entrant in the clean energy and carbon markets, is making trustworthiness with market leaders who might be used to doing things a certain way. Clearloop is challenging a few of the conventional ways in which brand-new solar advancements have been financed, and bringing attention to new geographies and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions decreases into the business procurement conversation. Im a real follower that our perspective from the middle of the country, and our lived experiences as founders from really different backgrounds, has brought into focus why we require more innovative solutions to help tidy up the grid. Weve been motivated by corporate partners like Intuit and Vista Equity Partners, in addition to brands like Dropps and Hello Bello, whove purchased reclaiming their carbon footprint by assisting us build our very first solar project. Weve likewise had the terrific fortune of discovering similar organizations like ACORE who acknowledge the worth of bringing diverse perspectives to tidying up the grid and have actually constructed a program like Accelerate to guarantee we have a seat at the table
How can potential partners do company with you?
Were showing that you do not require to be a Fortune 500 company with the ability to sign a power purchase agreement to help build brand name new solar tasks. Even huge companies that have actually led the method in renewable energy procurement are now faced with the reality that the greatest portion of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their value chain, where they may have little control over reduction strategies or where reductions may not be instant.
For more information about Clearloop, see https://clearloop.us/.
Clearloop began as an idea that changed into a business. In the early days– even before we had chosen on the name– we were checking out the theory that more business need to invest in cleaning up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be invested boosting the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is restricted. Clearloop is a cleantech startup that partners with companies of all sizes to help them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, clean up the grid, and broaden access to clean energy by developing new solar tasks in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were proving that you dont require to be a Fortune 500 business with the ability to sign a power purchase arrangement to assist develop brand brand-new solar projects. Even huge companies that have led the way in eco-friendly energy procurement are now faced with the reality that the biggest chunk of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they might have little control over reduction strategies or where decreases may not be immediate.