Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
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, clean up the grid, and expand access to clean energy by constructing brand-new solar projects in American neighborhoods otherwise getting left behind. As we grow, Clearloop will be focusing on Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta as we tackle both dirty grids and financially distressed neighborhoods with our solar projects
What obstacles do you deal with? Why?
Among the greatest challenges for us, as a relatively new entrant in the tidy energy and carbon markets, is earning credibility with market leaders who may be utilized to doing things a particular method. Clearloop is challenging some of the conventional ways in which new solar advancements have been financed, and accentuating brand-new locations and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions decreases into the business procurement discussion. Im a true believer that our perspective from the middle of the nation, and our lived experiences as creators from really various backgrounds, has actually brought into focus why we need more creative solutions to assist tidy up the grid. Weve been encouraged by corporate partners like Intuit and Vista Equity Partners, in addition to brands like Dropps and Hello Bello, whove invested in reclaiming their carbon footprint by assisting us build our extremely first solar task. Weve likewise had the excellent fortune of finding similar companies like ACORE who recognize the worth of bringing varied viewpoints to cleaning up the grid and have really built a program like Accelerate to ensure we have a seat at the table
Clearloop started as a concept that morphed into a company. In the early days– even prior to we had chosen on the name– we were testing out the theory that more companies require to invest in cleaning up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be spent improving the economies in Middle America where access to tidy 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 brand-new solar jobs 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 contract to help build brand name new solar tasks. Even huge business that have led the method in sustainable energy procurement are now faced with the reality that the greatest piece of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their value chain, where they might have little control over reduction strategies or where decreases may not be instant.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is happy to share the next installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installation includes industry leaders and topics associated with accelerating a fair and simply transition to a renewable resource economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are growing in the renewable resource sector.
Today, we are including Clearloop, an Accelerate member company founded by 3 Tennesseans who desire to make certain that the innovation and advantages of sustainable energy reach all communities around our nation equally, starting with the neighborhoods that have a history of getting left behind. Click on this link to read more 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 company?
Clearloop began as an idea that changed into a company. In the early days– even before we had chosen on the name– we were checking out the theory that more companies need to invest in cleaning up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be spent enhancing the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is restricted.
To read more about Clearloop, check out https://clearloop.us/.
How can possible partners work with you?
Were showing that you do not require to be a Fortune 500 company with the ability to sign a power purchase contract to assist develop brand name new solar projects. Even huge companies that have led the way in sustainable energy procurement are now faced with the truth that the biggest chunk of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their value chain, where they might have little control over reduction techniques or where decreases may not be instant.