Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is happy to share the next installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installment features industry leaders and subjects associated with speeding up a fair and simply shift to a renewable energy economy. In acknowledgment of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are flourishing in the sustainable 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 sustainable energy reach all neighborhoods around our country similarly, beginning with the communities that have a history of getting left behind. Click HERE 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 start your business?
Clearloop started as an idea that morphed into a company. In the early days– even before we had selected the name– we were testing out the theory that more business require to buy cleaning up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be invested improving the economies in Middle America where access to tidy energy is restricted. For me, as one of three founders, this company was influenced by the desire to bring clarity to a big issue with a basic service. We wanted business to take climate action in the exact same neighborhood that welcomed my family as immigrants, and kept me going when things felt dark and the path was uncertain
How can potential partners do organization with you?
Were proving that you do not need to be a Fortune 500 business with the ability to sign a power purchase arrangement to assist build brand name brand-new solar tasks. Even big business that have led the method in renewable energy procurement are now faced with the reality that the greatest piece of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they might have little control over decrease methods or where decreases might not be immediate.
Clearloop began as a concept that morphed into a business. In the early days– even before we had decided on the name– we were evaluating out the theory that more business require to invest in cleaning up the electrical energy grid so those dollars can be invested enhancing the economies in Middle America where access to tidy 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 tidy energy by developing brand-new solar projects in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were showing that you do not need to be a Fortune 500 company with the ability to sign a power purchase arrangement to assist develop brand 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 biggest chunk of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they may have little control over reduction techniques or where reductions might not be instant.
Tell us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a cleantech startup that partners with business of all sizes to assist them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and broaden access to clean energy by constructing brand-new solar projects in American communities 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 tasks
What difficulties do you face? Why?
One of the most significant challenges for us, as a relatively brand-new entrant in the clean energy and carbon markets, is making trustworthiness with industry leaders who may be used to doing things a particular way. Clearloop is challenging some of the standard ways in which brand-new solar advancements have actually been financed, and bringing attention to new geographies and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions reductions into the business procurement conversation.
For more information about Clearloop, visit https://clearloop.us/.