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 companies of all sizes to help them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and broaden access to clean energy by building brand-new solar tasks in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were pioneering putting a carbon worth on the building and construction of brand-new solar capability thats determined in watts, not watt-hours, with a brand-new funding structure that permits a larger variety of business to take part, while likewise being intentional about the neighborhoods where were investing to accomplish an equitable clean energy future. We 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 tackle both dirty grids and economically distressed neighborhoods with our solar jobs
What difficulties do you deal with? Why?
One of the biggest difficulties for us, as a reasonably brand-new entrant in the tidy energy and carbon markets, is making trustworthiness with market leaders who may be used to doing things a specific method. Clearloop is challenging some of the standard methods in which brand-new solar advancements have actually been funded, and bringing attention to new locations and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions decreases into the corporate procurement conversation.
Clearloop started as a concept that morphed into a business. In the early days– even prior to we had actually chosen on the name– we were testing out the theory that more companies need to invest in cleaning up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be spent improving 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 reclaim) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and broaden access to tidy energy by constructing brand-new solar projects in American neighborhoods otherwise getting left behind. Were proving that you do not need to be a Fortune 500 business with the capability to sign a power purchase arrangement to assist build brand new solar tasks. Even huge business that have actually led the method in eco-friendly energy procurement are now faced with the truth that the greatest portion of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they may have little control over decrease methods or where decreases may not be immediate.
How can possible partners work with you?
Were showing that you dont require to be a Fortune 500 company with the capability to sign a power purchase agreement to help build brand name new solar projects. Even huge companies that have actually led the method in eco-friendly energy procurement are now faced with the truth that the greatest piece of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they may have little control over reduction strategies or where reductions may not be immediate.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is pleased to share the next installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installation includes market leaders and topics related to speeding up a fair and simply transition to a sustainable energy economy. In acknowledgment of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are flourishing in the sustainable energy sector.
Today, we are including Clearloop, an Accelerate member business established by 3 Tennesseans who wish to ensure that the development and advantages of sustainable energy reach all communities around our nation equally, beginning with the communities 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 begin your company?
Clearloop started as a concept that morphed into a company. In the early days– even prior to we had actually chosen on the name– we were checking out the theory that more business need to invest in cleaning up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be spent increasing the economies in Middle America where access to tidy energy is limited.
For more information about Clearloop, check out https://clearloop.us/.