Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
Clearloop began as an idea that changed into a company. In the early days– even before we had decided on the name– we were testing out the theory that more companies need 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. Clearloop is a cleantech startup that partners with business of all sizes to help them cut (or recover) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and expand access to tidy energy by building brand-new solar jobs in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were proving that you do not need to be a Fortune 500 company with the ability to sign a power purchase contract to assist develop brand name brand-new solar tasks. Even huge business that have led the method in eco-friendly energy procurement are now faced with the reality that the most significant chunk of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they may have little control over decrease methods or where decreases might not be instant.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is pleased to share the next installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installation includes industry leaders and topics associated with accelerating an equitable and just shift to a renewable resource 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 wish to make certain that the development and benefits of renewable resource reach all neighborhoods around our country similarly, beginning with the neighborhoods that have a history of getting left behind. Click on this link for 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 started as a concept that changed into a company. In the early days– even before we had actually decided on the name– we were checking out the theory that more companies need to invest in cleaning up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be invested boosting the economies in Middle America where access to tidy energy is restricted.
To find out more about Clearloop, visit https://clearloop.us/.
Inform us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a cleantech start-up that partners with business of all sizes to help them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, clean up the grid, and broaden access to clean energy by developing 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 tackle both dirty grids and financially distressed neighborhoods with our solar jobs
What challenges do you deal with? Why?
One of the most significant challenges for us, as a relatively new entrant in the clean energy and carbon markets, is earning reliability with market leaders who might be used to doing things a particular way. Clearloop is challenging some of the standard ways in which new solar advancements have actually been financed, and bringing attention to brand-new geographies and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions reductions into the business procurement conversation.
How can prospective partners do business with you?
Were showing that you do not need to be a Fortune 500 company with the ability to sign a power purchase agreement to help build brand name brand-new solar jobs. Even huge business that have actually led the method 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 reduction strategies or where decreases might not be instant.