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 start-up that partners with companies of all sizes to help them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, clean up the grid, and expand access to clean energy by building 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 take on both dirty grids and economically distressed communities with our solar jobs
What challenges do you deal with? Why?
One of the most significant obstacles for us, as a relatively brand-new entrant in the tidy energy and carbon markets, is making trustworthiness with market leaders who may be utilized to doing things a specific way. Clearloop is challenging some of the conventional methods in which new solar advancements have actually been financed, and bringing attention to new geographies and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions decreases into the business procurement discussion.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is delighted to share the next installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installation includes market leaders and subjects connected to accelerating an equitable and just shift to a renewable energy economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are thriving in the renewable energy sector.
Today, we are featuring Clearloop, an Accelerate member company founded by three Tennesseans who wish to ensure that the innovation and advantages of renewable resource reach all communities around our nation equally, starting with the neighborhoods that have a history of getting left. 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 company?
Clearloop started as an idea that changed into a company. In the early days– even prior to we had actually decided on the name– we were testing out the theory that more business need to invest in cleaning up the electricity grid so those dollars can be invested boosting the economies in Middle America where access to tidy energy is limited.
How can potential partners work with you?
Were proving that you dont need to be a Fortune 500 company with the ability to sign a power purchase arrangement to assist build brand new solar jobs. Even big companies that have blazed a trail in eco-friendly energy procurement are now confronted with the truth that the most significant chunk of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their value chain, where they might have little control over decrease methods or where reductions may not be immediate. That is where Clearloop can be found in– were a new tool for companies huge and small to take concrete climate action right now and assist us decarbonize the grid in the locations that need it one of the most. We need more creative methods to help take on the environment crisis in a way that purchases the locations where that dollar produces more economic opportunity and social movement for the neighborhoods where were developing. Were firm followers that the environmental, health, and financial advantages of tidy energy financial investments should reach all corners of our country and were trying to find partners who are prepared to act
Clearloop began as a concept that morphed into a company. In the early days– even prior to we had chosen on the name– we were testing out the theory that more companies require to invest in cleaning up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be invested enhancing the economies in Middle America where access to tidy energy is restricted. Clearloop is a cleantech start-up that partners with companies of all sizes to help them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and expand access to clean energy by developing new solar jobs in American neighborhoods otherwise getting left behind. Were proving that you dont need to be a Fortune 500 business with the capability to sign a power purchase contract to assist develop brand new solar projects. Even big business that have actually 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 value chain, where they might have little control over reduction methods or where reductions might not be instant.
For more information about Clearloop, see https://clearloop.us/.