Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
Clearloop began as an idea that morphed into a business. In the early days– even prior to we had actually decided on the name– we were checking out the theory that more companies require 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 startup that partners with business of all sizes to assist them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, clean up the grid, and expand access to tidy energy by constructing new solar tasks in American neighborhoods otherwise getting left behind. Were showing that you dont require to be a Fortune 500 business with the capability to sign a power purchase contract to help develop brand name brand-new solar tasks. Even big business that have actually led the way in renewable energy procurement are now faced with the reality that the greatest chunk of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they might have little control over decrease methods or where decreases may not be instant.
Tell us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a cleantech startup that partners with business of all sizes to assist them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and broaden access to tidy energy by constructing new solar tasks in American neighborhoods 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 economically distressed neighborhoods with our solar jobs
What challenges do you face? Why?
Among the greatest difficulties for us, as a relatively new entrant in the tidy energy and carbon markets, is making trustworthiness with industry leaders who might be utilized to doing things a particular way. Clearloop is challenging some of the conventional methods in which brand-new solar developments have been financed, and accentuating new locations and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions decreases into the business procurement conversation. Im a real believer that our viewpoint from the middle of the country, and our lived experiences as creators from extremely various backgrounds, has actually brought into focus why we need more innovative options to help tidy up the grid. Weve been encouraged by business partners like Intuit and Vista Equity Partners, in addition to brands like Dropps and Hello Bello, whove bought reclaiming their carbon footprint by helping us build our extremely first solar task. Weve likewise had the fantastic fortune of finding like-minded companies like ACORE who acknowledge the worth of bringing diverse perspectives to tidying up the grid and have in fact developed a program like Accelerate to ensure we have a seat at the table
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is pleased to share the next installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installment features market leaders and subjects related to accelerating a fair and just shift to a renewable energy economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September functions highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are prospering in the renewable resource sector.
Today, we are featuring Clearloop, an Accelerate member company established by three Tennesseans who desire to ensure that the development and advantages of eco-friendly energy reach all neighborhoods around our nation equally, starting with the neighborhoods that have a history of getting left. Click on this link for more information about Clearloops impact.
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 started as a concept that changed into a business. In the early days– even prior to we had actually chosen on the name– we were checking out the theory that more companies require to invest in cleaning up the electrical energy grid so those dollars can be invested improving the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is limited.
For more information about Clearloop, go to https://clearloop.us/.
How can prospective partners do business with you?
Were proving that you do not need to be a Fortune 500 company with the ability to sign a power purchase arrangement to assist construct brand new solar projects. Even huge business that have led the method in sustainable energy procurement are now faced with the reality that the greatest portion of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their value chain, where they might have little control over reduction strategies or where decreases may not be immediate.