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Clearloop Begins Construction on Utility-Scale Tennessee Solar Project Funded by Small Companies [Solar Power World]

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Clearloop celebrated the groundbreaking of its 1-MW solar farm in Jackson, Tennessee, a utility-scale solar farm in the United States directly financed by solar offsets. Clearloop’s solar farm will provide enough clean energy to power 200 homes, helping to clean up the Sun Belt’s fossil-fuel-dependent grid where less than 1% of electricity is currently sourced from solar power.

Clearloop is working with companies big and small to reclaim their carbon footprint by expanding access to clean energy and spurring economic development in the community. Each of Clearloop’s partners will receive carbon credits in exchange for financing their portion of the array. Rather than a PPA, Clearloop’s model allows smaller companies to make a simple, one-time payment that is tied directly to how much carbon they want to reclaim, measured in watts of new solar capacity.

The Jackson solar farm will be financed by companies including IntuitVista Equity PartnersCoolperxDroppsImpact SnacksHello BelloPatchAether DiamondsMaterial Bank and individuals like singer-songwriter Jason Isbell and children’s book author Stacy Clark.

“Clearloop’s multi-dimensional approach to bring both immediate impact and long-term economic growth to communities throughout the United States is why Intuit is so excited to support their project in Jackson today, and help them accelerate efforts across the country,” said Intuit global sustainability leader Sean Kinghorn. “Our support for Clearloop extends beyond financial investment to ensure continued innovation in the areas of climate change, corporate responsibility, and community development — all which benefit our shared values and a healthier planet overall.” 

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