By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
Clearloop started as an idea that morphed into a business. In the early days– even before we had decided on the name– we were checking out the theory that more business require to invest in cleaning up the electricity grid so those dollars can be spent improving the economies in Middle America where access to tidy 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 expand access to clean energy by developing brand-new solar tasks in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were proving that you dont require to be a Fortune 500 company with the ability to sign a power purchase arrangement to help construct brand new solar jobs. Even big companies that have actually led the method in sustainable energy procurement are now faced with the truth that the most significant piece of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they might have little control over decrease techniques or where decreases might not be instant.
Tell us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a cleantech startup 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 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 neighborhoods with our solar tasks
What difficulties do you face? Why?
One of the biggest difficulties for us, as a fairly brand-new entrant in the tidy energy and carbon markets, is making trustworthiness with industry leaders who might be used to doing things a certain method. Clearloop is challenging some of the traditional ways in which new solar developments have actually been funded, and bringing attention to brand-new locations and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions reductions into the business procurement discussion.
To read more about Clearloop, visit https://clearloop.us/.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is happy to share the next installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installment includes industry leaders and subjects connected to accelerating a fair and just shift to a renewable energy economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are prospering in the eco-friendly energy sector.
Today, we are featuring Clearloop, an Accelerate member business established by 3 Tennesseans who want to ensure that the development and advantages of sustainable energy reach all communities around our country equally, starting with the neighborhoods 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 start your business?
Clearloop started as an idea that changed into a business. In the early days– even before we had actually picked 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 improving the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is limited. For me, as one of 3 creators, this company was influenced by the desire to bring clarity to a large problem with a basic solution. We wanted business to take environment action in the very same neighborhood that welcomed my family as immigrants, and kept me going when things felt dark and the path was unclear
How can potential partners work with you?
Were showing that you do not require to be a Fortune 500 company with the capability to sign a power purchase agreement to help construct brand name new solar jobs. Even big business that have led the way in renewable energy procurement are now faced with the reality that the greatest chunk 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 instant.