By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
Tell us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a cleantech start-up 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 jobs in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were pioneering putting a carbon value on the building of new solar capacity thats determined in watts, not watt-hours, with a new financing structure that allows a wider selection of business to get involved, while likewise being deliberate about the neighborhoods where were investing to accomplish a fair clean energy future. We just recently began on our very first utility-connected solar project in Jackson, Tennessee. As we grow, Clearloop will be concentrating on Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta as we take on both dirty grids and financially distressed neighborhoods with our solar tasks
What challenges do you deal with? Why?
One of the biggest obstacles for us, as a reasonably new entrant in the tidy energy and carbon markets, is making reliability with industry leaders who might be utilized to doing things a certain method. Clearloop is challenging some of the conventional ways in which new solar advancements have been funded, and bringing attention to new geographies and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions reductions into the corporate procurement discussion.
Clearloop started as an idea that changed into a business. In the early days– even prior to we had chosen on the name– we were checking out the theory that more companies need to invest in cleaning up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be spent increasing the economies in Middle America where access to tidy energy is limited. Clearloop is a cleantech startup that partners with business of all sizes to help them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and broaden access to clean energy by developing brand-new solar jobs in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were showing that you do not need to be a Fortune 500 company with the capability to sign a power purchase contract to help construct brand brand-new solar projects. Even huge companies that have led the way in renewable energy procurement are now faced with the reality that the biggest portion of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their value chain, where they might have little control over decrease techniques or where decreases may not be immediate.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is pleased to share the next installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installment includes market leaders and subjects related to speeding up an equitable and simply transition to an eco-friendly energy economy. In acknowledgment of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how three 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 country equally, starting with the communities 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 start your business?
Clearloop began as an idea that morphed into a business. In the early days– even prior to we had actually chosen on the name– we were checking out the theory that more business need to invest in cleaning up the electrical energy grid so those dollars can be spent increasing the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is restricted.
How can prospective partners work with you?
Were proving that you dont need to be a Fortune 500 business with the ability to sign a power purchase agreement to help build brand name new solar jobs. Even huge companies that have blazed a trail in eco-friendly energy procurement are now confronted with the reality that the biggest portion of their carbon footprint remains in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they might have little control over reduction strategies or where decreases might not be instant. That is where Clearloop is available in– were a new tool for businesses huge and small to take concrete climate action today and help us decarbonize the grid in the locations that require it the a lot of. We need more creative ways to assist deal with the environment crisis in such a way that purchases the locations where that dollar produces more economic chance and social mobility for the communities where were developing. Were firm believers that the environmental, health, and financial benefits of tidy energy financial investments must reach all corners of our country and were looking for partners who are ready to act
For more information about Clearloop, go to https://clearloop.us/.