Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
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 contract to assist build brand name new solar tasks. Even big business that have actually blazed a trail in sustainable energy procurement are now confronted with the reality that the biggest portion of their carbon footprint remains in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they may have little control over reduction strategies or where reductions may not be instant. That is where Clearloop can be found in– were a brand-new tool for organizations small and huge to take concrete climate action today and help us decarbonize the grid in the locations that need it the a lot of. We need more innovative ways to assist deal with the climate crisis in a manner that buys the locations where that dollar develops more economic opportunity and social movement for the neighborhoods where were developing. Were firm followers that the ecological, health, and economic benefits of tidy energy investments need to reach all corners of our nation and were searching for partners who are prepared to act
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is happy to share the next installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installment includes market leaders and subjects connected to speeding up a fair and simply shift to a sustainable energy economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are prospering in the eco-friendly energy sector.
Today, we are featuring Clearloop, an Accelerate member company founded by 3 Tennesseans who desire to make certain that the innovation and benefits of renewable resource reach all neighborhoods around our nation equally, starting with the neighborhoods that have a history of getting left. Click on this link to find out more 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 start your company?
Clearloop began as an idea that morphed into a business. In the early days– even before we had actually chosen on the name– we were evaluating out the theory that more business require to invest in cleaning up the electrical energy grid so those dollars can be invested increasing the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is restricted.
Inform us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a cleantech startup that partners with companies of all sizes to assist them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, clean up the grid, and expand access to tidy energy by developing new solar projects 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 filthy grids and financially distressed neighborhoods with our solar projects
What challenges do you deal with? Why?
One of the most significant obstacles for us, as a reasonably brand-new entrant in the tidy energy and carbon markets, is making credibility with market leaders who may be used to doing things a particular method. Clearloop is challenging a few of the traditional methods in which new solar advancements have actually been funded, and bringing attention to new geographies and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions reductions into the corporate procurement conversation. Im a real follower that our perspective from the middle of the nation, and our lived experiences as founders from extremely various backgrounds, has brought into focus why we need more imaginative services to assist clean up the grid. Weve been motivated by business partners like Intuit and Vista Equity Partners, along with brand names like Dropps and Hello Bello, whove purchased reclaiming their carbon footprint by helping us develop our really first solar project. Weve likewise had the great fortune of discovering similar companies like ACORE who acknowledge the value of bringing varied viewpoints to cleaning up the grid and have in fact developed a program like Accelerate to guarantee we have a seat at the table
Clearloop started as an idea that changed into a business. In the early days– even before we had actually chosen on the name– we were checking out the theory that more business require to invest in cleaning up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be spent boosting the economies in Middle America where access to tidy energy is limited. Clearloop is a cleantech startup that partners with companies of all sizes to assist them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, clean up the grid, and expand access to tidy energy by developing new solar projects in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were showing that you do not need to be a Fortune 500 company with the ability to sign a power purchase arrangement to help develop brand brand-new solar tasks. Even big business that have led the way in sustainable energy procurement are now faced with the reality that the greatest portion of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they might have little control over decrease methods or where reductions might not be instant.
To get more information about Clearloop, check out https://clearloop.us/.