Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
Inform us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a cleantech startup that partners with business of all sizes to help them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and expand access to tidy energy by developing new solar tasks in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were pioneering putting a carbon value on the construction of new solar capability thats measured in watts, not watt-hours, with a new funding structure that permits a wider selection of business to take part, while also being deliberate about the neighborhoods where were investing to achieve an equitable tidy energy future. We recently began on our very first utility-connected solar task in Jackson, Tennessee. As we grow, Clearloop will be focusing on Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta as we take on both filthy grids and financially distressed neighborhoods with our solar tasks
What obstacles 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 making credibility with market leaders who might be utilized to doing things a certain way. Clearloop is challenging some of the traditional ways in which new solar advancements have been funded, and bringing attention to new locations and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions decreases into the corporate procurement discussion.
Clearloop began as a concept that changed into a company. In the early days– even before we had chosen on the name– we were checking 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 clean energy is limited. Clearloop is a cleantech startup that partners with companies of all sizes to assist them cut (or recover) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and broaden access to clean energy by building new solar projects 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 arrangement to help develop brand new solar tasks. Even big business that have actually led the method in sustainable energy procurement are now faced with the truth that the greatest portion of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they might have little control over reduction strategies or where decreases might not be immediate.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is delighted to share the next installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installment includes market leaders and topics related to speeding up a fair and simply transition to a renewable resource economy. In acknowledgment of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are prospering in the renewable resource sector.
Today, we are featuring Clearloop, an Accelerate member company established by 3 Tennesseans who wish to make sure that the innovation and benefits of renewable resource reach all communities around our nation equally, starting with the communities that have a history of getting left behind. Click on this link to read 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 started 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 companies require to invest in cleaning up the electrical energy grid so those dollars can be spent improving the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is limited.
How can potential partners do organization with you?
Were proving that you do not need to be a Fortune 500 business with the ability to sign a power purchase contract to help construct brand new solar jobs. Even big business that have actually led the method in eco-friendly energy procurement are now faced with the truth that the most significant portion of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they might have little control over reduction strategies or where decreases may not be immediate.
To get more information about Clearloop, go to https://clearloop.us/.