Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
Tell us about Clearloop?
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 tidy energy by building 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 financially distressed neighborhoods with our solar jobs
What difficulties do you deal with? Why?
One of the biggest difficulties for us, as a fairly new entrant in the tidy energy and carbon markets, is earning credibility with market leaders who may be utilized to doing things a particular method. Clearloop is challenging a few of the conventional ways in which new solar advancements have been funded, and accentuating brand-new geographies and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions decreases into the business procurement discussion. Im a true believer that our perspective from the middle of the nation, and our lived experiences as founders from very various backgrounds, has actually brought into focus why we require more innovative services to assist tidy up the grid. Weve been encouraged by corporate partners like Intuit and Vista Equity Partners, in addition to brands like Dropps and Hello Bello, whove invested in recovering their carbon footprint by assisting us develop our really first solar task. Weve also had the excellent fortune of discovering similar organizations like ACORE who acknowledge the value of bringing varied viewpoints to cleaning up the grid and have actually built a program like Accelerate to ensure we have a seat at the table
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is delighted to share the next installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installment features industry leaders and subjects connected to speeding up an equitable and just transition to a sustainable energy economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September functions highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are growing in the renewable resource sector.
Today, we are including Clearloop, an Accelerate member business founded by three Tennesseans who wish to make certain that the development and benefits of renewable resource reach all communities around our nation 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 begin your business?
Clearloop started as an idea that morphed into a business. In the early days– even before we had chosen on the name– we were checking out the theory that more business need to invest in cleaning up the electricity grid so those dollars can be invested enhancing the economies in Middle America where access to tidy energy is restricted.
To get more information about Clearloop, visit https://clearloop.us/.
How can prospective partners work with you?
Were proving that you do not require to be a Fortune 500 company with the capability to sign a power purchase agreement to help develop brand name brand-new solar jobs. Even huge companies that have blazed a trail in renewable resource procurement are now confronted with the truth that the greatest portion of their carbon footprint remains in Scope 3, their value chain, where they might have little control over reduction techniques or where decreases might not be immediate. That is where Clearloop comes in– were a brand-new tool for businesses small and huge to take concrete environment action today and assist us decarbonize the grid in the places that require it one of the most. We require more innovative methods to help take on the environment crisis in such a way that purchases the places where that dollar develops 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 all set to act
Clearloop started as a concept that changed into a business. In the early days– even before we had actually decided on the name– we were testing out the theory that more business need 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 startup 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 new solar tasks in American neighborhoods otherwise getting left behind. Were proving that you dont require to be a Fortune 500 business with the capability to sign a power purchase arrangement to assist build brand name brand-new solar projects. Even huge business that have actually led the method in renewable energy procurement are now faced with the truth that the greatest piece of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their value chain, where they might have little control over decrease methods or where reductions might not be immediate.