By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
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 topics connected to speeding up an equitable and just shift to a sustainable energy economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are growing in the eco-friendly energy sector.
Today, we are including Clearloop, an Accelerate member business established by 3 Tennesseans who wish to make sure that the development and advantages of renewable energy reach all communities around our nation equally, starting with the communities that have a history of getting left behind. Click on this link 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 begin your business?
Clearloop began as an idea that changed into a business. In the early days– even prior to we had actually decided on the name– we were testing out the theory that more companies require to invest in cleaning up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be spent boosting 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 companies of all sizes to assist them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, clean up the grid, and expand access to clean energy by developing 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 deal with both unclean grids and financially distressed communities with our solar tasks
What difficulties do you deal with? Why?
One of the greatest obstacles for us, as a relatively new entrant in the clean energy and carbon markets, is earning reliability with industry leaders who may be used to doing things a specific way. Clearloop is challenging some of the traditional ways in which new solar advancements have actually been funded, and bringing attention to new locations and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions reductions into the business procurement discussion.
Clearloop began as an idea that morphed 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 need to invest in cleaning up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be spent increasing the economies in Middle America where access to tidy energy is limited. Clearloop is a cleantech start-up that partners with companies of all sizes to assist them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and broaden access to clean energy by developing brand-new solar tasks in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were proving that you dont need to be a Fortune 500 business with the ability to sign a power purchase agreement to help construct brand name new solar jobs. Even big business that have actually led the way in eco-friendly energy procurement are now faced with the truth that the biggest piece of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they may have little control over reduction strategies or where reductions might not be instant.
How can potential partners work 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 new solar projects. Even huge business that have actually led the method in eco-friendly energy procurement are now faced with the truth that the biggest chunk of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their value chain, where they might have little control over reduction strategies or where reductions may not be instant.
To get more information about Clearloop, visit https://clearloop.us/.