Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
To learn more about Clearloop, see https://clearloop.us/.
Inform us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a cleantech startup that partners with companies of all sizes to assist them cut (or recover) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and broaden access to tidy energy by building brand-new solar tasks in American neighborhoods otherwise getting left. Were pioneering putting a carbon value on the building of new solar capability thats measured in watts, not watt-hours, with a brand-new financing structure that permits a broader variety of companies to get involved, while also being intentional about the neighborhoods where were investing to attain a fair tidy energy future. We just recently began on our very first utility-connected solar task in Jackson, Tennessee. As we grow, Clearloop will be concentrating on Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta as we tackle both filthy grids and economically distressed communities with our solar projects
What difficulties do you face? Why?
One of the biggest obstacles for us, as a relatively brand-new entrant in the tidy energy and carbon markets, is earning credibility with industry leaders who may be utilized to doing things a specific way. Clearloop is challenging some of the standard ways in which brand-new solar advancements have been funded, and bringing attention to brand-new geographies and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions decreases into the corporate procurement discussion.
How can potential partners work with you?
Were showing that you do not need to be a Fortune 500 company with the capability to sign a power purchase contract to assist construct brand new solar jobs. Even huge companies that have blazed a trail in renewable resource procurement are now confronted 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 might not be instant. That is where Clearloop can be found in– were a new tool for companies small and huge to take tangible environment action today and help us decarbonize the grid in the locations that need it the many. We require more creative ways to assist take on the environment crisis in a way that invests in the locations where that dollar develops more financial chance and social movement for the communities where were developing. Were firm believers that the ecological, health, and economic benefits of tidy energy investments must reach all corners of our nation and were searching for partners who are prepared to do something about it
Clearloop began as an idea that changed into a business. In the early days– even before we had actually chosen on the name– we were checking out the theory that more business need to invest in cleaning up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be invested boosting the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is limited. 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 tidy energy by constructing brand-new solar tasks in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were showing that you dont require to be a Fortune 500 business with the capability to sign a power purchase arrangement to help develop brand new solar jobs. Even huge companies that have led the way in renewable energy procurement are now faced with the reality that the biggest piece of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their value chain, where they might have little control over reduction methods or where decreases might not be instant.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is happy to share the next installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installment includes market leaders and subjects connected to accelerating a fair and simply shift to a renewable resource economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September functions highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are flourishing in the sustainable energy sector.
Today, we are featuring Clearloop, an Accelerate member company founded by three Tennesseans who want to make certain that the development and advantages of renewable resource reach all neighborhoods around our country similarly, starting with the neighborhoods that have a history of getting left behind. Click on this link to read 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 begin your business?
Clearloop began as a concept that morphed into a company. In the early days– even before we had decided on the name– we were checking out the theory that more companies need to invest in cleaning up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be invested increasing the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is limited.