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What if We Used Solar Power to Offset Carbon?

We’ve gone over the mechanics of measuring your corporate carbon footprint as well as carbon offsets v. neutrality v. 100% renewable. Today, we’re going to dig into Clearloop’s central premise: what if a company could reclaim 100% its carbon footprint through building new solar projects to clean up our grid? 

We are firm believers in the power of solar energy. We all use electricity to go about our day — whether through using our appliances, powering our personal devices, or turning the lights on. If we replaced the dirty fossil fuels that power our electric grid with new utility-scale solar projects, we would be cleaning up the mess of one of the top polluters in our country (the grid!) and also living healthier, more sustainable lives. 

Greening the Grid: An Achievable Goal

When we start thinking about the sheer amount of work that needs to be done, at every level, to respond to the climate crisis, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed or discouraged. That’s why we’re focused on a simple, tangible, achievable goal: to accelerate the greening of the U.S. electric grid by building new solar projects across our country. 

The electric grid currently accounts for more than 25% of all U.S. emissions. If we can green the grid, we can make a substantial dent in our climate goals with a forceful response to this crisis. Cities and countries around the world are already working to green the grid paving the way for others to follow suit. 

We’ve seen countries like the United Kingdom and Costa Rica make significant progress towards a green grid. Communities in the US have also done so, like this small town in Texas. It’s up to us to not only build on their efforts, but accelerate them. 

What We’re Doing at Clearloop

At Clearloop, we work with companies to calculate their carbon footprint, whether that may be measuring a certain product or service, a manufacturing facility, or their shipping and handling. Once they measure their carbon footprint, we offer a way for companies to finance new solar projects that will produce clean energy for at least 30 years, replacing polluting fossil fuels like coal and natural gas. These new solar projects act as a carbon offset for the emissions that the company cannot avoid. 

The most exciting part of our work is that we’re focused on building new clean energy capacity in the communities throughout the U.S. that have been getting left behind and are still reliant on fossil fuels. By investing in clean energy infrastructure, we can help spur economic growth in areas that need it the most, add jobs and tax revenue to local communities, in addition to making their lives a little more sustainable and the air healthier to breathe.  


Want to learn more about how to offset your carbon footprint and expand access to clean energy with Clearloop? Drop us a note at hello@clearloop.us or contact us here.

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