Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
Clearloop began as an idea that changed into a business. In the early days– even before we had decided 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. 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 clean energy by constructing new solar jobs in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were showing that you do not need to be a Fortune 500 business with the ability to sign a power purchase arrangement to help develop brand brand-new solar jobs. Even big companies that have actually led the method in renewable energy procurement are now faced with the reality that the most significant piece of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they might have little control over reduction strategies or where reductions may not be instant.
To get more information about Clearloop, go to https://clearloop.us/.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is happy to share the next installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installment features industry leaders and subjects associated with accelerating a fair and just shift to a renewable resource economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September functions highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are flourishing in the renewable resource sector.
Today, we are including Clearloop, an Accelerate member company established by three Tennesseans who want to make sure that the development and advantages of sustainable energy reach all neighborhoods around our country similarly, beginning with the neighborhoods that have a history of getting left behind. 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 business. In the early days– even prior to we had actually decided on the name– we were evaluating out the theory that more companies require to invest in cleaning up the electrical energy grid so those dollars can be invested enhancing the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is limited.
How can possible partners do company with you?
Were proving that you dont need to be a Fortune 500 company with the capability to sign a power purchase contract to help construct brand brand-new solar tasks. Even huge business that have led the method in renewable resource 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 methods or where decreases may not be instant. That is where Clearloop is available in– were a new tool for businesses big and small to take concrete climate action today and help us decarbonize the grid in the places that require it the most. We need more creative methods to help tackle the environment crisis in such a way that purchases the places where that dollar produces more financial chance and social mobility for the communities where were constructing. Were firm followers that the environmental, health, and financial advantages of clean energy financial investments should reach all corners of our nation and were trying to find partners who are ready to do something about it
Inform us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a cleantech start-up 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 developing 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 tackle both filthy grids and economically distressed communities with our solar jobs
What challenges do you face? Why?
Among the greatest difficulties for us, as a relatively brand-new entrant in the tidy energy and carbon markets, is making trustworthiness with industry leaders who may be utilized to doing things a specific method. Clearloop is challenging a few of the traditional methods which new solar developments have been funded, and accentuating brand-new locations 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 nation, and our lived experiences as creators from extremely various backgrounds, has brought into focus why we need more innovative options to help tidy up the grid. Weve been motivated by corporate partners like Intuit and Vista Equity Partners, as well as brand names like Dropps and Hello Bello, whove invested in recovering their carbon footprint by assisting us develop our very first solar job. Weve also had the fantastic fortune of finding like-minded companies like ACORE who recognize the worth of bringing diverse viewpoints to tidying up the grid and have actually built a program like Accelerate to guarantee we have a seat at the table