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Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Laura Zapata, Co-Founder of Clearloop [Solar News]

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The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is pleased to share the next installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.

Each installment features industry leaders and subjects related to 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 three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are prospering in the eco-friendly energy sector.

Today, we are featuring Clearloop, an Accelerate member business established by three Tennesseans who want to make certain that the development and benefits of sustainable energy reach all neighborhoods around our nation equally, starting with the communities that have a history of getting left. Click on this link for more information about Clearloop’s 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
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What inspired you to begin your company?
Clearloop began as a concept that morphed into a company. In the early days– even before we had actually chosen on the name– we were testing out the theory that more business require to invest in cleaning up the electrical power grid so those dollars can be invested boosting the economies in Middle America where access to tidy energy is limited.

Clearloop began as an idea that changed into a company. In the early days– even prior to we had actually chosen on the name– we were checking out the theory that more companies need to invest in cleaning up the electrical energy grid so those dollars can be spent increasing the economies in Middle America where access to tidy energy is restricted. Clearloop is a clean-tech start-up that partners with companies of all sizes to help them cut (or reclaim) their carbon footprint, tidy up the grid, and broaden access to tidy energy by building brand-new solar projects in American neighborhoods otherwise getting left behind. Were proving that you do not need to be a Fortune 500 business with the ability to sign a power purchase agreement to assist build brand brand-new solar jobs. Even big companies that have led the way in eco-friendly energy procurement are now faced with the truth that the biggest piece of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their value chain, where they may have little control over decrease techniques or where decreases might not be immediate.

Inform us about Clearloop?
Clearloop is a clean-tech startup that partners with business of all sizes to help them cut (or recover) their carbon footprint, clean up the grid, and broaden access to tidy energy by building brand-new solar jobs in American communities otherwise getting left behind. As we grow, Clearloop will be focusing on Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta as we take on both unclean grids and economically distressed neighborhoods with our solar tasks

What difficulties do you face? Why?
One of the most significant difficulties for us, as a reasonably new entrant in the tidy energy and carbon markets, is earning reliability with market leaders who may be used to doing things a specific method. Clearloop is challenging some of the standard ways in which brand-new solar developments have been financed, and bringing attention to brand-new geographies and equity, to reinsert carbon emissions reductions into the business procurement conversation.

How can potential partners work with you?
We’re proving that you don’t require to be a Fortune 500 business with the ability to sign a power purchase contract to help develop brand new solar tasks. Even huge business that have actually led the method in sustainable energy procurement are now faced with the truth that the biggest chunk of their carbon footprint is in Scope 3, their worth chain, where they might have little control over decrease techniques or where decreases may not be instant.

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