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 assist them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and expand access to clean energy by developing new solar jobs in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were pioneering putting a carbon value on the construction of brand-new solar capacity thats measured in watts, not watt-hours, with a new financing structure that enables a larger range of companies to participate, while also being intentional about the neighborhoods where were investing to achieve an equitable clean energy future. We just recently broke ground on our very first utility-connected solar project in Jackson, Tennessee. As we grow, Clearloop will be concentrating on Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta as we take on both filthy grids and economically distressed neighborhoods with our solar projects
What challenges do you face? Why?
One of the most significant difficulties for us, as a relatively new entrant in the clean energy and carbon markets, is making trustworthiness with industry leaders who may be utilized to doing things a certain method. Clearloop is challenging some of the traditional ways in which new solar advancements have actually been financed, and bringing attention to new geographies and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions reductions into the corporate procurement conversation.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is pleased to share the next installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installment includes industry leaders and subjects associated with speeding up a fair and simply transition to an eco-friendly energy economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September functions highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are prospering in the eco-friendly energy 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 neighborhoods around our nation similarly, starting with the neighborhoods that have a history of getting left behind. Click on this link for more information 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 begin your company?
Clearloop started as an idea that changed into a company. In the early days– even before we had actually chosen the name– we were testing out the theory that more companies require to buy tidying up the electrical power 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 3 founders, this business was inspired by the desire to bring clearness to a large issue with a basic solution. We desired companies to take environment action in the same neighborhood that welcomed my household as immigrants, and kept me going when things felt dark and the course was unclear
Clearloop began as an idea that morphed into a business. In the early days– even before we had actually decided 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 improving 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 recover) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and broaden access to clean energy by building new solar jobs in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were showing that you dont require to be a Fortune 500 business with the capability to sign a power purchase contract to assist build brand new solar projects. Even huge companies that have actually led the way in renewable 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 may have little control over reduction methods or where reductions might not be immediate.
How can possible partners work with you?
Were showing that you dont need to be a Fortune 500 company with the ability to sign a power purchase contract to help develop brand name new solar tasks. Even huge business that have blazed a trail in renewable energy procurement are now faced with the truth that the biggest piece of their carbon footprint remains in Scope 3, their value chain, where they may have little control over reduction strategies or where reductions may not be immediate. That is where Clearloop can be found in– were a new tool for organizations huge and small to take tangible environment action right now and help us decarbonize the grid in the locations that need it the a lot of. We need more imaginative methods to assist deal with the environment crisis in a manner that purchases the places where that dollar produces more economic chance and social movement for the neighborhoods where were building. Were firm followers that the environmental, health, and financial benefits of tidy energy investments must reach all corners of our country and were searching for partners who are all set to act
To find out more about Clearloop, see https://clearloop.us/.