By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
To learn more about Clearloop, visit https://clearloop.us/.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is delighted to share the next installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installment features market leaders and subjects related to speeding up an equitable and simply shift 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 business founded by three Tennesseans who want to make certain that the innovation and advantages of sustainable energy reach all communities around our nation equally, beginning with the communities that have a history of getting left behind. Click on this link for 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 morphed into a company. In the early days– even before we had selected the name– we were testing out the theory that more business need to purchase cleaning up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be invested improving the economies in Middle America where access to tidy energy is restricted. For me, as one of three founders, this company was influenced by the desire to bring clearness to a large problem with a simple solution. We wanted business to take climate action in the exact same community that welcomed my family as immigrants, and kept me going when things felt dark and the course was unclear
How can possible partners work with you?
Were showing that you dont need to be a Fortune 500 business with the capability to sign a power purchase contract to help build brand new solar projects. Even huge business that have led the way in renewable energy procurement are now faced with the reality that the most significant chunk 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 immediate.
Clearloop began as a concept that changed into a business. In the early days– even before we had actually decided on the name– we were evaluating out the theory that more companies need to invest in cleaning up the electricity grid so those dollars can be spent improving the economies in Middle America where access to tidy energy is limited. 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 expand access to tidy energy by building new solar projects in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were proving that you do not require to be a Fortune 500 company with the capability to sign a power purchase contract to assist develop brand name new solar projects. Even big business that have led the method in sustainable energy procurement are now faced with the reality that the greatest piece of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they may have little control over decrease techniques or where decreases may not be instant.
Tell us about Clearloop?
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 constructing 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 economically distressed neighborhoods with our solar jobs
What challenges do you deal with? Why?
One of the greatest challenges for us, as a reasonably brand-new entrant in the tidy energy and carbon markets, is making reliability with market leaders who might be used to doing things a certain way. Clearloop is challenging some of the traditional methods in which new solar developments have actually been funded, and bringing attention to brand-new geographies and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions reductions into the business procurement conversation.