Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
How can potential partners do company with you?
Were showing that you dont require to be a Fortune 500 business with the capability to sign a power purchase agreement to assist build brand brand-new solar projects. Even huge 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 value chain, where they may have little control over reduction methods or where decreases might not be instant. That is where Clearloop comes in– were a new tool for organizations huge and little to take concrete environment action today and assist us decarbonize the grid in the places that need it one of the most. We require more innovative methods to help deal with the climate crisis in such a way that invests in the locations where that dollar develops more financial opportunity and social mobility for the communities where were building. Were firm followers that the ecological, health, and economic benefits of tidy energy financial investments ought to reach all corners of our nation and were trying to find partners who are prepared to take action
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is delighted to share the next installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installment features industry leaders and topics related to speeding up a fair and simply transition to a renewable resource economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are growing in the sustainable energy sector.
Today, we are including Clearloop, an Accelerate member business founded by 3 Tennesseans who wish to ensure that the development and benefits of renewable resource reach all neighborhoods around our country equally, starting with the communities that have a history of getting left. 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 company?
Clearloop began as an idea that morphed into a business. In the early days– even before we had decided on the name– we were checking out the theory that more business require to invest in cleaning up the electricity grid so those dollars can be invested enhancing the economies in Middle America where access to tidy energy is limited.
Tell us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a cleantech start-up that partners with business 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 neighborhoods otherwise getting left behind. Were pioneering putting a carbon value on the building of new solar capacity thats measured in watts, not watt-hours, with a new financing structure that enables a wider array of companies to get involved, while likewise being deliberate about the neighborhoods where were investing to accomplish a fair clean energy future. We just recently broke ground on our very first utility-connected solar project in Jackson, Tennessee. As we grow, Clearloop will be focusing on Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta as we take on both unclean grids and financially distressed communities with our solar jobs
What challenges do you face? Why?
One of the biggest difficulties for us, as a fairly brand-new entrant in the clean energy and carbon markets, is making trustworthiness with industry leaders who may be utilized to doing things a specific way. Clearloop is challenging some of the traditional methods in which brand-new solar advancements have been financed, and bringing attention to new locations and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions decreases into the corporate procurement conversation.
For more information about Clearloop, visit https://clearloop.us/.
Clearloop began as a concept that changed into a business. In the early days– even prior to we had chosen on the name– we were evaluating out the theory that more companies need to invest in cleaning up the electricity grid so those dollars can be spent enhancing 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 recover) their carbon footprint, clean up the grid, and expand access to clean energy by building new solar jobs in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were proving that you do not require to be a Fortune 500 business with the ability to sign a power purchase arrangement to help build brand name new solar tasks. Even big companies that have led the method in renewable energy procurement are now faced with the reality that the biggest piece 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 immediate.