Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
To get more information about Clearloop, check out https://clearloop.us/.
How can potential partners work with you?
Were proving that you dont require to be a Fortune 500 business with the ability to sign a power purchase contract to assist construct brand new solar jobs. Even huge companies that have led the method 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 may not be immediate.
Tell us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a cleantech start-up that partners with companies of all sizes to help them cut (or recover) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and expand access to tidy energy by constructing brand-new solar jobs in American neighborhoods otherwise getting left. Were pioneering putting a carbon worth on the building of brand-new solar capability thats determined in watts, not watt-hours, with a brand-new financing structure that permits a wider variety of companies to get involved, while also being intentional about the neighborhoods where were investing to accomplish a fair clean energy future. We just recently began on our very first utility-connected solar job in Jackson, Tennessee. As we grow, Clearloop will be concentrating on Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta as we deal with both unclean grids and economically distressed communities with our solar projects
What challenges do you face? Why?
One of the greatest difficulties for us, as a reasonably brand-new entrant in the tidy energy and carbon markets, is making trustworthiness with market leaders who might be utilized to doing things a certain way. Clearloop is challenging some of the conventional methods in which brand-new solar advancements have been financed, and bringing attention to brand-new locations and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions reductions into the business procurement discussion.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is delighted to share the next installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installment features industry leaders and subjects related to accelerating an equitable and just shift to a renewable energy economy. In acknowledgment of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September functions highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are flourishing in the eco-friendly energy sector.
Today, we are including Clearloop, an Accelerate member company established by 3 Tennesseans who desire to make sure that the development and benefits of renewable resource reach all communities around our country equally, beginning with the communities that have a history of getting left. Click HERE to find out 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 begin your company?
Clearloop started as an idea that changed into a company. In the early days– even prior to we had chosen the name– we were evaluating out the theory that more business require to buy tidying up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be spent enhancing the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is restricted. For me, as one of 3 founders, this business was inspired by the desire to bring clearness to a large issue with an easy service. We desired companies to take climate action in the same neighborhood that invited my household as immigrants, and kept me going when things felt dark and the path was uncertain
Clearloop began as an idea that changed into a company. In the early days– even before we had decided on the name– we were testing out the theory that more business require to invest in cleaning up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be spent boosting the economies in Middle America where access to tidy energy is limited. Clearloop is a cleantech start-up that partners with business of all sizes to assist them cut (or recover) their carbon footprint, clean up the grid, and broaden access to clean energy by building brand-new solar tasks in American neighborhoods otherwise getting left behind. Were showing that you dont need to be a Fortune 500 business with the ability to sign a power purchase arrangement to assist construct brand new solar jobs. Even huge business that have led the way in eco-friendly energy procurement are now faced with the truth that the greatest portion of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their value chain, where they may have little control over decrease methods or where reductions may not be immediate.