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 startup that partners with business of all sizes to help them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, clean up the grid, and expand access to tidy energy by developing new solar jobs in American communities otherwise getting left behind. As we grow, Clearloop will be focusing on Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta as we tackle 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 reasonably new entrant in the tidy energy and carbon markets, is making trustworthiness with market leaders who may be utilized to doing things a specific way. Clearloop is challenging some of the standard methods in which new solar developments have actually been financed, and bringing attention to brand-new geographies and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions reductions into the business procurement discussion.
Clearloop began as a concept that changed into a company. In the early days– even prior to we had chosen on the name– we were testing out the theory that more business need to invest in cleaning up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be invested enhancing the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is limited. 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 building brand-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 projects. Even huge business that have actually led the method in sustainable energy procurement are now faced with the truth that the most significant portion of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their value chain, where they might have little control over reduction techniques or where decreases might not be instant.
For more information about Clearloop, go to https://clearloop.us/.
How can possible partners work with you?
Were proving that you do not require to be a Fortune 500 company with the capability to sign a power purchase agreement to help develop brand new solar tasks. Even huge business that have actually blazed a trail in renewable resource procurement are now faced with the reality that the biggest piece of their carbon footprint remains in Scope 3, their value chain, where they might have little control over decrease techniques or where reductions might not be immediate. That is where Clearloop can be found in– were a brand-new tool for businesses small and big to take concrete environment action right now and help us decarbonize the grid in the locations that require it one of the most. We need more innovative ways to help take on the climate crisis in a way that buys the locations where that dollar creates more financial opportunity and social mobility for the neighborhoods where were building. Were firm followers that the ecological, health, and economic benefits of clean energy investments must reach all corners of our nation and were trying to find partners who are ready to take action
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is pleased to share the next installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installation features market leaders and subjects associated with accelerating an equitable and just shift to a renewable resource economy. In acknowledgment of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are prospering in the sustainable energy sector.
Today, we are featuring Clearloop, an Accelerate member company established by 3 Tennesseans who desire to make certain that the development and benefits of renewable resource reach all neighborhoods around our country equally, beginning with the communities that have a history of getting left. Click HERE to learn 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 start your company?
Clearloop began as an idea that morphed into a company. In the early days– even before we had chosen on the name– we were evaluating out the theory that more business need to invest in cleaning up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be invested boosting the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is restricted.