Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
Clearloop started as a concept that changed into a business. In the early days– even prior to we had actually decided on the name– we were evaluating out the theory that more companies need to invest in 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. Clearloop is a cleantech start-up that partners with business of all sizes to help them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and broaden access to clean energy by constructing brand-new solar tasks in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were showing that you dont require to be a Fortune 500 business with the capability to sign a power purchase arrangement to help develop brand 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 biggest chunk 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 instant.
To read more about Clearloop, see https://clearloop.us/.
How can possible partners do organization with you?
Were proving that you dont require to be a Fortune 500 company with the ability to sign a power purchase contract to help develop brand name new solar projects. Even huge companies that have actually led the way in eco-friendly energy procurement are now confronted with the truth that the biggest chunk of their carbon footprint remains in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they may have little control over reduction techniques or where decreases may not be instant. That is where Clearloop can be found in– were a new tool for businesses small and big to take concrete climate action today and assist us decarbonize the grid in the locations that need it the many. We need more creative methods to help tackle the climate crisis in such a way that buys the places where that dollar produces more financial opportunity and social mobility for the communities where were constructing. Were firm followers that the ecological, health, and financial benefits of clean energy financial investments need to reach all corners of our country and were searching for partners who are ready to do something about it
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is pleased to share the next installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installation features industry leaders and subjects associated with speeding up a fair and just shift to an eco-friendly energy economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September functions highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are flourishing in the renewable resource sector.
Today, we are featuring Clearloop, an Accelerate member company founded by three Tennesseans who wish to make sure that the development and benefits of renewable energy reach all communities around our country similarly, starting with the neighborhoods that have a history of getting left behind. Click on this link 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 begin your company?
Clearloop began as an idea that morphed into a business. In the early days– even before we had decided on the name– we were checking 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 restricted.
Inform us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a cleantech startup that partners with business of all sizes to help them cut (or recover) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and broaden access to tidy energy by constructing new solar projects in American communities otherwise getting left behind. Were pioneering putting a carbon value on the building and construction of brand-new solar capacity thats measured in watts, not watt-hours, with a new financing structure that enables a larger array of companies to get involved, while likewise being deliberate about the neighborhoods where were investing to attain an equitable clean energy future. We recently broke ground on our first utility-connected solar task in Jackson, Tennessee. As we grow, Clearloop will be focusing on Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta as we tackle both filthy grids and economically distressed communities with our solar tasks
What obstacles do you deal with? Why?
One of the most significant challenges for us, as a relatively new entrant in the tidy energy and carbon markets, is making trustworthiness with market leaders who might be used to doing things a specific method. Clearloop is challenging some of the standard methods in which brand-new solar developments have been financed, and bringing attention to brand-new locations and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions decreases into the corporate procurement conversation.