By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is pleased to share the next installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installment includes industry leaders and subjects associated with accelerating a fair and simply shift to a renewable energy economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are thriving in the renewable resource sector.
Today, we are featuring Clearloop, an Accelerate member company founded by 3 Tennesseans who desire to make certain 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 behind. Click HERE to get more information 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 an idea that changed into a company. In the early days– even prior to we had decided on the name– we were checking out the theory that more companies need to invest in cleaning up the electricity grid so those dollars can be invested enhancing the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is restricted.
Tell 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 expand access to clean 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 tackle both dirty grids and financially distressed communities with our solar tasks
What challenges do you face? Why?
Among the greatest obstacles for us, as a relatively brand-new entrant in the tidy energy and carbon markets, is making reliability with industry leaders who might be used to doing things a certain way. Clearloop is challenging some of the standard methods in which brand-new solar advancements have been funded, and accentuating new locations and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions decreases into the corporate procurement conversation. Im a true follower that our vantage point from the middle of the nation, and our lived experiences as creators from very various backgrounds, has brought into focus why we need more imaginative options to assist clean up the grid. Weve been encouraged by business partners like Intuit and Vista Equity Partners, along with brand names like Dropps and Hello Bello, whove bought reclaiming their carbon footprint by helping us build our extremely first solar project. Weve likewise had the excellent fortune of finding like-minded companies like ACORE who acknowledge the value of bringing varied viewpoints to tidying up the grid and have in fact built a program like Accelerate to ensure we have a seat at the table
To get more information about Clearloop, visit https://clearloop.us/.
How can prospective partners do service with you?
Were showing that you do not require to be a Fortune 500 business with the ability to sign a power purchase agreement to assist build brand name brand-new solar projects. Even huge business that have led the way in eco-friendly energy procurement are now faced with the truth that the biggest portion of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they may have little control over reduction methods or where decreases might not be immediate.
Clearloop started as a concept that changed into a business. In the early days– even before we had chosen on the name– we were evaluating 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. 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 expand access to clean energy by constructing new solar jobs in American neighborhoods otherwise getting left behind. Were proving that you dont need to be a Fortune 500 company with the ability to sign a power purchase arrangement to help develop brand brand-new solar tasks. Even big business that have actually led the way in renewable energy procurement are now faced with the truth that the most significant portion of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their value chain, where they may have little control over reduction strategies or where reductions might not be instant.