By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
Tell us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a cleantech startup that partners with business of all sizes to assist them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and broaden access to tidy energy by constructing new solar projects in American communities otherwise getting left. Were pioneering putting a carbon value on the building and construction of brand-new solar capability thats determined in watts, not watt-hours, with a new funding structure that enables a wider range of companies to take part, while also being intentional about the neighborhoods where were investing to achieve an equitable clean energy future. We recently began on our first utility-connected solar job in Jackson, Tennessee. As we grow, Clearloop will be focusing on Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta as we deal with both dirty grids and financially distressed neighborhoods with our solar projects
What obstacles do you deal with? Why?
Among the most significant challenges for us, as a reasonably new entrant in the tidy energy and carbon markets, is earning credibility with market leaders who may be utilized to doing things a particular way. Clearloop is challenging a few of the traditional methods in which brand-new solar developments have actually been financed, and bringing attention to new locations and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions decreases into the business procurement discussion. Im a real follower that our perspective from the middle of the country, and our lived experiences as founders from very different backgrounds, has actually brought into focus why we need more imaginative solutions to assist tidy up the grid. Weve been motivated by business partners like Intuit and Vista Equity Partners, in addition to brands like Dropps and Hello Bello, whove invested in reclaiming their carbon footprint by assisting us develop our very first solar job. Weve also had the excellent fortune of discovering like-minded organizations like ACORE who acknowledge the value of bringing varied perspectives to tidying up the grid and have actually constructed a program like Accelerate to guarantee we have a seat at the table
To find out more about Clearloop, go to https://clearloop.us/.
Clearloop began as a concept that morphed into a business. In the early days– even prior to we had chosen on the name– we were testing out the theory that more business need 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 restricted. Clearloop is a cleantech startup 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 building brand-new solar jobs in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were proving that you dont require to be a Fortune 500 company with the capability to sign a power purchase arrangement to help build brand new solar jobs. Even huge 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 value chain, where they may have little control over reduction techniques or where decreases may not be immediate.
How can possible partners do company with you?
Were proving that you do not need to be a Fortune 500 business with the capability to sign a power purchase agreement to help construct brand name new solar jobs. Even huge business that have actually led the way in renewable energy procurement are now faced with the truth that the biggest piece of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they may have little control over reduction strategies or where decreases might 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 subjects related to accelerating a fair and simply shift to a renewable resource economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September functions highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are growing in the eco-friendly energy sector.
Today, we are featuring Clearloop, an Accelerate member company founded by 3 Tennesseans who wish to make sure that the development and benefits of renewable resource reach all neighborhoods around our nation equally, starting with the communities that have a history of getting left behind. Click HERE to read more 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 company?
Clearloop began as a concept that changed into a business. In the early days– even before we had actually chosen on the name– we were evaluating out the theory that more companies 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 clean energy is limited.