Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop

By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021

Tell us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a cleantech start-up that partners with business of all sizes to assist them cut (or recover) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and expand access to clean 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 dirty grids and economically distressed communities with our solar jobs
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What difficulties 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 reliability with market leaders who might be utilized to doing things a specific method. Clearloop is challenging some of the traditional methods in which new solar advancements have actually been financed, and bringing attention to brand-new locations and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions decreases into the business procurement discussion. Im a real follower that our vantage point from the middle of the country, and our lived experiences as creators from really various backgrounds, has actually brought into focus why we require more imaginative services to help 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 bought reclaiming their carbon footprint by helping us build our extremely first solar job. Weve also had the fantastic fortune of finding similar organizations like ACORE who recognize the value of bringing varied viewpoints to cleaning up the grid and have actually developed a program like Accelerate to ensure we have a seat at the table
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To find out more about Clearloop, go to https://clearloop.us/.
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The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is delighted to share the next installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installation includes industry leaders and subjects connected to speeding up an equitable and just transition to a renewable energy economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are growing in the renewable resource sector.
Today, we are including Clearloop, an Accelerate member business established by three Tennesseans who wish to ensure that the development and benefits of eco-friendly energy reach all communities around our nation similarly, starting with the neighborhoods that have a history of getting left. Click HERE 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
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What inspired you to begin your business?
Clearloop began as a concept that changed into a business. In the early days– even before we had actually selected the name– we were checking out the theory that more companies need to purchase cleaning up the electrical energy grid so those dollars can be invested enhancing the economies in Middle America where access to tidy energy is limited. For me, as one of three creators, this company was motivated by the desire to bring clarity to a large issue with a simple service. We desired business to take climate action in the exact same neighborhood that invited my family as immigrants, and kept me going when things felt dark and the path was uncertain
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How can prospective partners do company 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 assist construct brand brand-new solar tasks. Even huge business that have actually led the method in eco-friendly energy procurement are now faced with the reality 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 reductions may not be immediate.

Clearloop started as a concept that changed into a company. In the early days– even prior to we had decided 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 boosting the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is restricted. Clearloop is a cleantech start-up that partners with companies of all sizes to assist them cut (or recover) their carbon footprint, clean up the grid, and expand access to clean energy by developing brand-new solar tasks in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were showing that you dont 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 big business that have actually led the method in renewable 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 might have little control over decrease techniques or where decreases may not be instant.

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