Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
How can prospective partners work with you?
Were proving that you dont require to be a Fortune 500 company with the ability to sign a power purchase arrangement to assist build brand name brand-new solar projects. Even big companies that have actually led the way in sustainable energy procurement are now confronted with the reality that the most significant chunk of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they might have little control over reduction methods or where decreases may not be immediate. That is where Clearloop is available in– were a new tool for companies small and big to take concrete environment action right now and assist us decarbonize the grid in the locations that require it one of the most. We require more imaginative methods to assist take on the climate crisis in a method that buys the places where that dollar produces more economic chance and social mobility for the communities where were building. Were firm followers that the ecological, health, and economic benefits of clean energy investments must reach all corners of our country and were looking for partners who are prepared to act
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, tidy up the grid, and expand access to clean energy by building new solar projects in American neighborhoods otherwise getting left behind. Were pioneering putting a carbon value on the building of brand-new solar capability thats measured in watts, not watt-hours, with a new funding structure that allows a larger array of business to take part, while also being intentional about the neighborhoods where were investing to attain a fair tidy energy future. We recently broke ground on our first utility-connected solar project in Jackson, Tennessee. As we grow, Clearloop will be concentrating on Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta as we tackle both filthy grids and financially distressed neighborhoods with our solar projects
What obstacles do you deal with? Why?
One of the most significant obstacles for us, as a relatively new entrant in the clean energy and carbon markets, is earning trustworthiness with industry leaders who may be utilized to doing things a certain way. Clearloop is challenging some of the standard ways in which brand-new solar developments have been financed, and bringing attention to brand-new locations and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions decreases into the corporate procurement discussion.
For more information about Clearloop, go to https://clearloop.us/.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is happy to share the next installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installation features market leaders and subjects related to accelerating an equitable and simply transition to a renewable resource economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are thriving in the renewable resource sector.
Today, we are featuring Clearloop, an Accelerate member company established by three Tennesseans who wish to ensure that the development and benefits of renewable resource reach all neighborhoods around our nation similarly, starting with the neighborhoods that have a history of getting left behind. Click HERE to read 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 business. In the early days– even prior to we had chosen on the name– we were evaluating out the theory that more business require to buy tidying up the electrical energy grid so those dollars can be invested increasing the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is restricted. For me, as one of three founders, this company was motivated by the desire to bring clarity to a big problem with a basic solution. We wanted business to take climate 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
Clearloop began as an idea that morphed into a company. In the early days– even before we had actually chosen on the name– we were evaluating out the theory that more business need to invest in cleaning up the electricity grid so those dollars can be invested boosting the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is limited. 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 expand access to tidy energy by developing brand-new solar projects in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were showing that you do not need to be a Fortune 500 company with the ability to sign a power purchase agreement to help construct 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 reality that the biggest piece of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their value chain, where they might have little control over reduction strategies or where reductions might not be instant.