By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is pleased to share the next installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installation features industry leaders and topics related to speeding up an equitable and just transition to a renewable resource economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September functions highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are prospering in the renewable resource sector.
Today, we are featuring Clearloop, an Accelerate member business founded by 3 Tennesseans who want to make sure that the innovation and benefits of eco-friendly energy reach all neighborhoods around our nation similarly, starting with the neighborhoods that have a history of getting left behind. Click on this link to discover 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 company?
Clearloop started as an idea that changed into a company. In the early days– even prior to we had chosen on the name– we were evaluating out the theory that more companies require to purchase tidying up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be spent enhancing the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is limited. For me, as one of three founders, this business was inspired by the desire to bring clarity to a big issue with a basic option. We wanted business to take climate action in the same community that invited my family as immigrants, and kept me going when things felt dark and the path was uncertain
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 broaden access to tidy energy by building new solar tasks 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 filthy grids and financially distressed communities with our solar projects
What obstacles do you deal with? Why?
One of the most significant challenges for us, as a relatively brand-new entrant in the tidy energy and carbon markets, is making credibility with market leaders who might be utilized to doing things a particular method. Clearloop is challenging some of the standard methods in which brand-new solar advancements have been funded, and bringing attention to new locations and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions decreases into the corporate procurement conversation.
Clearloop began as an idea that changed into a business. In the early days– even prior to we had actually chosen 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 enhancing the economies in Middle America where access to tidy energy is restricted. Clearloop is a cleantech start-up that partners with business of all sizes to assist them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and broaden access to clean energy by developing new solar tasks in American neighborhoods otherwise getting left behind. Were showing that you do not need to be a Fortune 500 business with the capability to sign a power purchase contract to assist construct brand name brand-new solar projects. Even huge business that have actually 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 value chain, where they may have little control over decrease techniques or where decreases may not be instant.
How can possible partners work with you?
Were proving that you do not need to be a Fortune 500 company with the ability to sign a power purchase agreement to help construct brand name 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 most significant piece of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their value chain, where they may have little control over decrease techniques or where decreases might not be immediate.
To read more about Clearloop, check out https://clearloop.us/.