By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
Tell us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a cleantech start-up that partners with companies of all sizes to assist them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and broaden access to tidy energy by constructing brand-new solar projects 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 communities with our solar tasks
What challenges do you face? Why?
One of the biggest obstacles for us, as a reasonably brand-new entrant in the clean energy and carbon markets, is making credibility with market leaders who may be utilized to doing things a particular method. Clearloop is challenging some of the standard ways in which brand-new solar advancements have actually been funded, and accentuating brand-new geographies and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions reductions into the business procurement discussion. Im a true follower that our vantage point from the middle of the country, and our lived experiences as creators from very different backgrounds, has actually brought into focus why we require more creative options to assist tidy up the grid. Weve been encouraged by corporate partners like Intuit and Vista Equity Partners, as well as brand names like Dropps and Hello Bello, whove bought recovering their carbon footprint by assisting us construct our really first solar task. Weve likewise had the fantastic fortune of discovering like-minded companies like ACORE who recognize the value of bringing varied viewpoints to cleaning up the grid and have really built a program like Accelerate to ensure we have a seat at the table
Clearloop began as a concept 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 electrical power grid so those dollars can be invested increasing the economies in Middle America where access to tidy energy is limited. 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 broaden access to tidy energy by constructing new solar tasks in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were showing that you do not need to be a Fortune 500 business with the capability to sign a power purchase agreement to assist construct brand brand-new solar jobs. Even huge companies that have led the way in eco-friendly energy procurement are now faced with the truth that the most significant piece of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their value chain, where they may have little control over reduction strategies or where decreases might not be instant.
How can potential partners do organization with you?
Were showing that you dont need to be a Fortune 500 company with the ability to sign a power purchase contract to help construct brand name new solar jobs. Even huge companies that have led the method in sustainable energy procurement are now faced with the reality that the most significant piece of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their value chain, where they may have little control over reduction strategies or where reductions might not be immediate. That is where Clearloop is available in– were a new tool for services huge and little to take concrete environment action today and help us decarbonize the grid in the locations that need it one of the most. We need more creative ways to assist take on the climate crisis in a way that purchases the locations where that dollar develops more financial opportunity and social movement for the neighborhoods where were developing. Were firm followers that the ecological, health, and financial benefits of tidy energy investments should reach all corners of our nation and were looking for partners who are prepared to act
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is happy to share the next installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installment features market leaders and subjects associated with accelerating a fair and simply transition to a renewable energy economy. In acknowledgment of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September functions highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are prospering in the renewable energy sector.
Today, we are featuring Clearloop, an Accelerate member company founded by three Tennesseans who wish to make certain that the innovation and benefits of sustainable energy reach all communities around our nation equally, beginning with the neighborhoods that have a history of getting left. Click on this link to get more information 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 start your business?
Clearloop started as a concept that morphed into a company. In the early days– even prior to we had chosen the name– we were evaluating out the theory that more business need to purchase cleaning up the electrical energy grid so those dollars can be spent increasing the economies in Middle America where access to tidy energy is limited. For me, as one of three founders, this business was motivated by the desire to bring clearness to a large issue with a simple service. We wanted business to take climate action in the same neighborhood that welcomed my household as immigrants, and kept me going when things felt dark and the course was uncertain
To read more about Clearloop, visit https://clearloop.us/.