Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
How can possible partners do business with you?
Were proving that you dont need to be a Fortune 500 business with the ability to sign a power purchase arrangement to assist construct brand new solar tasks. Even big business that have led the method in sustainable energy procurement are now confronted with the truth that the greatest piece of their carbon footprint remains in Scope 3, their value chain, where they may have little control over reduction techniques or where decreases may not be immediate. That is where Clearloop can be found in– were a new tool for organizations little and big to take concrete climate action today and help us decarbonize the grid in the places that need it one of the most. We require more innovative methods to help tackle the environment crisis in a way that invests in the places where that dollar creates more financial opportunity and social movement for the communities where were constructing. Were firm followers that the environmental, health, and financial advantages of clean energy investments ought to reach all corners of our country and were trying to find partners who are ready to do something about it
Tell us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a cleantech startup that partners with business of all sizes to assist them cut (or recover) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and expand access to tidy energy by constructing brand-new solar jobs 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 communities with our solar projects
What obstacles do you deal with? Why?
One of the greatest obstacles for us, as a reasonably new entrant in the clean energy and carbon markets, is earning reliability with industry leaders who might be used to doing things a certain method. Clearloop is challenging some of the standard methods in which new solar developments have been financed, and bringing attention to brand-new geographies and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions reductions into the business procurement conversation.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is pleased to share the next installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installation includes market leaders and subjects related to speeding up a fair and just transition to a sustainable energy economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are growing in the renewable resource sector.
Today, we are featuring Clearloop, an Accelerate member business founded by three Tennesseans who want to make sure that the innovation and advantages of renewable resource reach all communities around our country equally, starting with the communities that have a history of getting left. Click on this link to get 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 company?
Clearloop began as a concept that morphed into a company. In the early days– even prior to we had actually chosen the name– we were checking out the theory that more companies require to buy tidying up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be invested boosting the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is limited. For me, as one of 3 founders, this business was motivated by the desire to bring clarity to a large issue with a basic service. We wanted business to take environment action in the very same community that welcomed my family as immigrants, and kept me going when things felt dark and the path was unclear
For more information about Clearloop, see https://clearloop.us/.
Clearloop began as an idea 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 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 limited. 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 jobs in American neighborhoods otherwise getting left behind. Were showing that you dont need to be a Fortune 500 company with the ability to sign a power purchase arrangement to assist build brand name new solar projects. Even huge companies that have actually led the way in eco-friendly energy procurement are now faced with the reality that the biggest chunk of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their value chain, where they may have little control over decrease strategies or where decreases might not be instant.