Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
How can prospective partners do service with you?
Were proving that you dont need to be a Fortune 500 business with the ability to sign a power purchase contract to help build brand name new solar jobs. Even big companies that have actually led the way in renewable resource procurement are now faced with the reality that the biggest portion of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they may have little control over decrease methods or where decreases might not be immediate. That is where Clearloop can be found in– were a new tool for companies little and big to take tangible environment action right now and help us decarbonize the grid in the locations that need it one of the most. We need more imaginative methods to assist take on the climate crisis in a way that buys the locations where that dollar develops more financial chance and social movement for the neighborhoods where were developing. Were firm believers that the environmental, health, and financial advantages of tidy energy investments must reach all corners of our nation and were searching for partners who are all set to do something about it
Clearloop began as a concept that morphed into a business. 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 electrical energy grid so those dollars can be spent increasing the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is restricted. Clearloop is a cleantech start-up that partners with business of all sizes to help them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, clean up the grid, and broaden access to clean energy by developing brand-new solar projects in American neighborhoods otherwise getting left behind. Were proving that you dont require to be a Fortune 500 business with the ability to sign a power purchase agreement to help construct brand brand-new solar tasks. Even big business that have 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 decrease techniques or where decreases might not be instant.
To find out more about Clearloop, visit https://clearloop.us/.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is delighted to share the next installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installment includes industry leaders and topics associated with speeding up a fair and simply shift to a renewable resource economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are flourishing in the renewable energy sector.
Today, we are featuring Clearloop, an Accelerate member business established by 3 Tennesseans who want to ensure that the development and benefits of renewable resource reach all communities around our nation equally, starting with the communities that have a history of getting left. Click HERE 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 began as a concept that morphed into a company. In the early days– even before we had picked the name– we were checking out the theory that more business require to buy cleaning up the electrical energy grid so those dollars can be invested improving the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is limited. For me, as one of 3 creators, this company was inspired by the desire to bring clarity to a big problem with an easy service. We desired business to take environment action in the exact same neighborhood that welcomed my household as immigrants, and kept me going when things felt dark and the course was unclear
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 clean energy by constructing brand-new solar projects in American communities otherwise getting left. Were pioneering putting a carbon value on the construction of new solar capability thats measured in watts, not watt-hours, with a brand-new financing structure that allows a wider selection of business to get involved, while also being deliberate about the neighborhoods where were investing to achieve an equitable tidy energy future. We just recently began on our very first utility-connected solar task in Jackson, Tennessee. As we grow, Clearloop will be concentrating on Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta as we deal with both unclean grids and financially distressed neighborhoods with our solar jobs
What difficulties do you face? Why?
One of the biggest obstacles for us, as a relatively brand-new entrant in the clean energy and carbon markets, is making trustworthiness with market leaders who may be utilized to doing things a specific method. Clearloop is challenging some of the conventional ways in which new solar advancements have been funded, and bringing attention to new geographies and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions decreases into the corporate procurement conversation.