Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 24, 2021
How can possible partners work with you?
Were showing that you do not require to be a Fortune 500 business with the ability to sign a power purchase contract to assist develop brand name brand-new solar jobs. Even huge companies that have actually led the way in renewable energy procurement are now faced with the reality that the most significant piece of their carbon footprint remains in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they might have little control over reduction techniques or where reductions may not be instant. That is where Clearloop comes in– were a new tool for businesses small and huge to take concrete environment action right now and assist us decarbonize the grid in the places that need it the most. We need more innovative ways to assist deal with the environment crisis in a method that buys the locations where that dollar produces more financial opportunity and social movement for the communities where were constructing. Were firm believers that the environmental, health, and economic benefits of tidy energy investments ought to reach all corners of our country and were searching for partners who are all set to take action
Clearloop started as an idea that changed into a business. In the early days– even before we had actually decided on the name– we were checking out the theory that more companies require 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 business of all sizes to assist them cut (or recover) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and broaden access to tidy energy by building brand-new solar tasks in American neighborhoods 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 assist develop brand brand-new solar jobs. Even big companies that have led the way in eco-friendly 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 reductions might not be immediate.
To learn more about Clearloop, see https://clearloop.us/.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is delighted to share the next installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installment includes market leaders and subjects associated with speeding up an equitable and just transition to a renewable resource economy. In acknowledgment of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are thriving in the renewable resource sector.
Today, we are featuring Clearloop, an Accelerate member business founded by 3 Tennesseans who desire to make sure that the innovation and benefits of eco-friendly energy reach all neighborhoods around our country equally, beginning with the neighborhoods that have a history of getting left. Click HERE to find out 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 business?
Clearloop began as a concept that changed into a company. In the early days– even prior to we had picked the name– we were checking out the theory that more companies require to buy tidying up the electricity grid so those dollars can be spent enhancing the economies in Middle America where access to clean energy is limited. For me, as one of 3 creators, this business was influenced by the desire to bring clearness to a large problem with a basic solution. We wanted companies to take climate action in the very same community that welcomed my household as immigrants, and kept me going when things felt dark and the path was uncertain
Inform us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a cleantech start-up that partners with companies of all sizes to assist them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, clean up the grid, and broaden access to clean energy by building new solar projects in American communities otherwise getting left. Were pioneering putting a carbon value on the construction of brand-new solar capacity thats determined in watts, not watt-hours, with a brand-new financing structure that enables a wider range of companies to get involved, while likewise being deliberate about the neighborhoods where were investing to achieve a fair tidy energy future. We just recently began on our very first utility-connected solar task in Jackson, Tennessee. As we grow, Clearloop will be concentrating on Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta as we take on both filthy grids and financially distressed neighborhoods with our solar projects
What challenges do you deal with? Why?
One of the greatest obstacles for us, as a reasonably new entrant in the tidy energy and carbon markets, is earning reliability with industry leaders who might be utilized to doing things a specific method. Clearloop is challenging some of the traditional ways in which new solar advancements have been funded, and bringing attention to new locations and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions decreases into the corporate procurement conversation.