Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
Clearloop started as a concept that morphed into a business. In the early days– even before we had chosen on the name– we were checking out the theory that more business need to invest in cleaning up the electricity grid so those dollars can be spent improving the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is limited. Clearloop is a cleantech startup that partners with companies of all sizes to help them cut (or recover) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and expand access to tidy energy by building new solar tasks in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were showing that you do not require to be a Fortune 500 business with the capability to sign a power purchase contract to assist build brand new solar tasks. Even big companies that have actually led the way 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 decrease methods or where reductions might not be immediate.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is delighted to share the next installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installation includes market leaders and subjects related to accelerating a fair and just shift to an eco-friendly energy economy. In acknowledgment of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September functions highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are growing in the renewable energy sector.
Today, we are featuring Clearloop, an Accelerate member business founded by 3 Tennesseans who desire to make sure that the innovation and advantages of renewable energy reach all neighborhoods around our country equally, starting with the communities that have a history of getting left behind. Click HERE for 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 business?
Clearloop started as an idea that morphed into a company. In the early days– even prior to we had actually selected the name– we were checking out the theory that more companies require to buy cleaning up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be spent increasing the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is restricted. For me, as one of 3 founders, this company was inspired by the desire to bring clarity to a large problem with a simple service. We desired business to take climate action in the exact same neighborhood that invited my household as immigrants, and kept me going when things felt dark and the course was uncertain
How can prospective partners work with you?
Were showing that you dont require to be a Fortune 500 company with the capability to sign a power purchase arrangement to assist construct brand name new solar jobs. Even huge companies that have blazed a trail in renewable resource procurement are now confronted with the reality that the biggest chunk of their carbon footprint remains in Scope 3, their value chain, where they might have little control over decrease strategies or where decreases may not be instant. That is where Clearloop can be found in– were a brand-new tool for services small and big to take tangible environment action today and assist us decarbonize the grid in the locations that need it the a lot of. We need more creative ways to assist take on the environment crisis in a manner that purchases the locations where that dollar produces more financial chance and social mobility for the communities where were constructing. Were firm followers that the ecological, health, and financial advantages of clean energy investments ought to reach all corners of our country and were looking for partners who are ready to act
To find out more about Clearloop, go to https://clearloop.us/.
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 tidy energy by developing brand-new solar tasks in American neighborhoods otherwise getting left behind. As we grow, Clearloop will be focusing on Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta as we take on both unclean grids and economically distressed neighborhoods with our solar jobs
What obstacles do you deal with? Why?
One of the biggest challenges for us, as a fairly brand-new entrant in the clean energy and carbon markets, is earning reliability with industry leaders who may be used to doing things a specific method. Clearloop is challenging some of the traditional methods in which brand-new solar advancements have actually been financed, and bringing attention to brand-new locations and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions reductions into the corporate procurement discussion.