Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
Clearloop began as an idea that changed into a business. In the early days– even before we had decided on the name– we were evaluating out the theory that more companies need to invest in cleaning up the electricity grid so those dollars can be spent boosting the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is restricted. Clearloop is a cleantech startup that partners with companies of all sizes to assist them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, clean up the grid, and broaden access to tidy energy by constructing new solar tasks in American neighborhoods otherwise getting left behind. Were proving that you do not require to be a Fortune 500 business with the capability to sign a power purchase contract to assist construct brand new solar jobs. Even huge companies that have actually led the method in sustainable energy procurement are now faced with the reality that the most significant chunk of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they might have little control over decrease strategies or where decreases might not be immediate.
To read more about Clearloop, see https://clearloop.us/.
How can possible partners do business with you?
Were proving that you do not require to be a Fortune 500 business with the capability to sign a power purchase arrangement to assist construct brand name new solar projects. Even big companies that have actually led the way in sustainable energy procurement are now faced with the reality that the most significant portion of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they might have little control over reduction methods or where reductions may not be immediate.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is delighted to share the next installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installation includes market leaders and subjects associated with accelerating an equitable and simply transition to an eco-friendly energy economy. In acknowledgment of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are growing in the eco-friendly energy sector.
Today, we are including Clearloop, an Accelerate member business established by three Tennesseans who desire to ensure that the innovation and benefits of sustainable energy reach all communities around our country similarly, starting with the communities that have a history of getting left. Click on this link to get 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 start your company?
Clearloop started as a concept that morphed into a company. In the early days– even before 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 boosting the economies in Middle America where access to tidy energy is restricted.
Inform us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a cleantech start-up that partners with business of all sizes to help them cut (or recover) their carbon footprint, clean up the grid, and broaden access to tidy energy by constructing new solar tasks in American neighborhoods otherwise getting left. Were pioneering putting a carbon value on the building and construction of new solar capacity thats determined in watts, not watt-hours, with a brand-new funding structure that allows a larger variety of business to take part, while likewise being deliberate about the communities where were investing to accomplish a fair tidy energy future. We recently broke ground on our very first utility-connected solar job in Jackson, Tennessee. As we grow, Clearloop will be focusing on Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta as we take on both dirty grids and financially distressed neighborhoods with our solar tasks
What difficulties do you deal with? Why?
One of the greatest obstacles for us, as a fairly new entrant in the tidy energy and carbon markets, is making credibility with industry leaders who may be utilized to doing things a particular way. Clearloop is challenging a few of the standard methods which new solar advancements have been financed, and accentuating new locations and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions decreases into the business procurement discussion. Im a true follower that our viewpoint from the middle of the nation, and our lived experiences as creators from extremely different backgrounds, has actually brought into focus why we require more imaginative options to help tidy up the grid. Weve been encouraged by corporate partners like Intuit and Vista Equity Partners, along with brands like Dropps and Hello Bello, whove invested in recovering their carbon footprint by assisting us construct our very first solar job. Weve likewise had the terrific fortune of finding similar organizations like ACORE who recognize the worth of bringing diverse perspectives to tidying up the grid and have actually built a program like Accelerate to guarantee we have a seat at the table