Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
To find out more about Clearloop, visit https://clearloop.us/.
Clearloop started as an idea that morphed into a business. In the early days– even before we had chosen on the name– we were testing out the theory that more business require to invest in cleaning up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be spent improving the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is restricted. Clearloop is a cleantech startup that partners with business of all sizes to help them cut (or recover) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and broaden access to tidy energy by building new solar projects in American neighborhoods otherwise getting left behind. Were showing that you dont require to be a Fortune 500 business with the capability to sign a power purchase arrangement to assist build brand new solar tasks. Even big companies that have led the way in sustainable energy procurement are now faced with the reality that the biggest piece of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their value chain, where they might have little control over decrease techniques or where decreases may not be immediate.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is delighted to share the next installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installment features market leaders and topics related to speeding up an equitable and simply transition to a renewable energy economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September functions highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are prospering in the renewable resource sector.
Today, we are including Clearloop, an Accelerate member business established by three Tennesseans who wish to make sure that the innovation and benefits of renewable energy reach all neighborhoods around our country similarly, beginning with the neighborhoods that have a history of getting left. Click on this link to find out 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 company?
Clearloop started as a concept that morphed into a company. In the early days– even before we had chosen on the name– we were checking out the theory that more companies require to invest in cleaning up the electricity grid so those dollars can be invested enhancing the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is restricted.
How can potential partners do company with you?
Were proving that you do not require to be a Fortune 500 company with the ability to sign a power purchase agreement to help construct brand name new solar jobs. Even huge business that have actually led the method in renewable energy procurement are now faced with the reality that the biggest chunk of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their value chain, where they may have little control over reduction methods or where decreases might not be instant.
Inform us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a cleantech start-up that partners with companies of all sizes to help them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, clean up the grid, and expand access to tidy energy by building new solar jobs in American communities otherwise getting left. Were pioneering putting a carbon worth on the construction of new solar capability thats measured in watts, not watt-hours, with a new funding structure that enables a larger variety of companies to get involved, while also being deliberate about the neighborhoods where were investing to accomplish a fair tidy energy future. We just recently began on our very first utility-connected solar task in Jackson, Tennessee. As we grow, Clearloop will be focusing on Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta as we deal with both dirty grids and economically distressed neighborhoods with our solar tasks
What difficulties do you face? Why?
One of the biggest challenges for us, as a relatively brand-new entrant in the tidy energy and carbon markets, is earning credibility with market leaders who might be utilized to doing things a particular method. Clearloop is challenging some of the conventional methods in which new solar developments have been financed, and bringing attention to brand-new locations and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions reductions into the corporate procurement conversation.