Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is delighted to share the next installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installment includes industry leaders and topics associated with speeding up a fair and just transition to a renewable resource economy. In acknowledgment of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are prospering in the eco-friendly energy sector.
Today, we are featuring Clearloop, an Accelerate member company established by 3 Tennesseans who wish to make certain that the development and advantages of sustainable energy reach all neighborhoods around our country similarly, beginning with the communities that have a history of getting left. Click HERE to find out 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 start your business?
Clearloop began as an idea that morphed into a company. In the early days– even before we had chosen on the name– we were testing out the theory that more companies need to invest in cleaning up the electricity grid so those dollars can be spent enhancing the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is restricted.
How can possible 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 contract to assist construct brand brand-new solar jobs. Even huge companies that have actually led the method in eco-friendly energy procurement are now confronted with the truth that the biggest piece of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their value chain, where they might have little control over decrease methods or where reductions may not be immediate. That is where Clearloop can be found in– were a brand-new tool for services big and little to take tangible climate action today and help us decarbonize the grid in the locations that need it the a lot of. We require more imaginative methods to help deal with the environment crisis in a manner that buys the places where that dollar develops more financial opportunity and social mobility for the neighborhoods where were developing. Were firm believers that the ecological, health, and economic advantages of tidy energy investments ought to reach all corners of our nation and were looking for partners who are prepared to do something about it
To discover more about Clearloop, see https://clearloop.us/.
Inform us about Clearloop?
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 constructing brand-new solar jobs in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were pioneering putting a carbon value on the building of brand-new solar capability thats measured in watts, not watt-hours, with a brand-new financing structure that enables a wider selection of companies to take part, while also being intentional about the neighborhoods where were investing to achieve a fair clean energy future. We just recently began on our first utility-connected solar task 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 communities with our solar tasks
What difficulties do you deal with? Why?
One of the greatest difficulties for us, as a reasonably new entrant in the tidy energy and carbon markets, is making trustworthiness with industry leaders who might be utilized to doing things a specific method. Clearloop is challenging some of the traditional ways in which new solar developments have actually been funded, and bringing attention to new locations and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions decreases into the corporate procurement discussion.
Clearloop started as an idea that morphed into a company. In the early days– even prior to we had actually chosen on the name– we were evaluating out the theory that more business require 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. Clearloop is a cleantech startup that partners with companies of all sizes to help them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and broaden access to clean energy by constructing brand-new solar jobs in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were proving that you do not require to be a Fortune 500 business with the capability to sign a power purchase contract to help construct brand new solar projects. Even big companies that have led the way in renewable 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 methods or where reductions might not be instant.