Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
To read more about Clearloop, check out https://clearloop.us/.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is happy to share the next installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installation includes industry leaders and topics connected to accelerating a fair and simply shift to a renewable resource economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are growing in the renewable resource sector.
Today, we are including Clearloop, an Accelerate member business established by 3 Tennesseans who desire to make certain that the development and benefits of renewable resource reach all neighborhoods around our nation similarly, beginning with the neighborhoods that have a history of getting left behind. Click HERE to learn 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 company?
Clearloop began as a concept that changed into a company. In the early days– even before we had actually decided on the name– we were evaluating out the theory that more business require to invest in cleaning up the electrical energy grid so those dollars can be invested increasing the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is limited.
Tell us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a cleantech start-up that partners with business of all sizes to help them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and broaden access to tidy energy by developing brand-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 take on both dirty grids and economically distressed communities with our solar jobs
What obstacles do you deal with? Why?
One of the greatest challenges for us, as a fairly brand-new entrant in the clean energy and carbon markets, is earning reliability with market leaders who might be utilized to doing things a certain method. Clearloop is challenging some of the standard ways in which brand-new solar developments have been funded, and bringing attention to new geographies and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions reductions into the business procurement conversation.
Clearloop began as a concept that morphed into a company. In the early days– even prior to we had decided on the name– we were evaluating out the theory that more companies require 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 limited. Clearloop is a cleantech startup that partners with business of all sizes to assist them cut (or recover) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and broaden access to tidy energy by building new solar projects in American neighborhoods 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 assist construct brand brand-new solar projects. Even big 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 worth chain, where they might have little control over reduction methods or where decreases may not be immediate.
How can prospective partners do business with you?
Were showing that you dont need to be a Fortune 500 company with the capability to sign a power purchase arrangement to help construct brand name new solar projects. Even huge companies that have led the method in sustainable energy procurement are now faced with the truth that the most significant chunk of their carbon footprint remains in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they might have little control over decrease techniques or where decreases may not be immediate. That is where Clearloop is available in– were a new tool for companies small and big to take concrete environment action right now and assist us decarbonize the grid in the places that require it the most. We require more creative methods to help deal with the climate crisis in a way that invests in the locations where that dollar produces more financial opportunity and social mobility for the communities where were constructing. Were firm followers that the ecological, health, and financial benefits of clean energy investments must reach all corners of our country and were looking for partners who are prepared to take action