By Constance ThompsonSeptember 16, 2021
Furthermore, even though solar energy has actually been around for a while, the basics of these jobs are not commonly taught in school. During our initial consultation, I kept in mind that they could only attain about 56% of solar energy offset due to their homes consumption rates and shading from trees on the home. We went over a few extra energy performance upgrades to the home to minimize energy intake, which could offer a greater energy balanced out. Angela initially winced at the thought of investing more money into the house, however eventually she called me back and stated she wanted to move forward with the solar and energy efficiency upgrades. Thanks to the AC upgrade, they have minimized their energy usage significantly, and she has a flat, predictable solar payment each month that is less than she was paying prior to installing solar.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is delighted to share the 4th installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installation features market leaders and topics connected to speeding up a fair and simply shift to a renewable resource economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September functions highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are prospering in the renewable resource sector.
What inspired you to start SUNTEX?
As a natural-born leader, I constantly set high expectations for myself and always search for chances to serve others– be it by providing remarkable customer service, language translations, or merely sharing knowledge with others. My individual objectives and desire to assist others led me to operate in the renewable resource sector, where I can pursue this dream on a bigger scale.
Inform us about SUNTEX?
Our businesss objective is basic: we wish to make solar simple and inexpensive every step of the way. We mostly serve the Hispanic community in Texas. That is what we do best– assist Spanish speakers comprehend and embrace sustainable energy as a lifestyle, helping generations to come.
Please share with us more about your journey towards developing SUNTEX. Was there an “aha moment” when you chose to concentrate on solar?
Back in August of 2018, my company partner and I had the opportunity to join a really appealing little solar setup company in Houston. Through this work we saw the chance readily available to bring solar into our (the Hispanic) community.
Why is concentrating on the Hispanic community a priority for SUNTEX?
Number Two: in the past, we have actually personally experienced a lack of care and interaction from those that can not determine with our culture. We knew that solar advantages everybody, regardless of race or background, and that our individuals would need a lot of support to understand how to get this benefit for their houses.
What challenges do you deal with? Why?
Being a little business with a high level of service expectations for our clients comes with its own set of difficulties. Additionally, even though solar energy has actually been around for a while, the basics of these tasks are not extensively taught in school.
How are you making an impact through SUNTEX?
By simply living up to our honest values. I have actually found out throughout my life that in business, there is no other way to do it best but to be honest. While others might take faster ways, the reality always prevails.
Please share with us a current business success story.
Just recently, after helping a client “go solar” in two of her houses, she referred a new customer named Angela to us. Throughout our preliminary visit, I kept in mind that they might only accomplish about 56% of solar power balanced out due to their houses usage rates and shading from trees on the property. We discussed a couple of extra energy performance upgrades to the home to reduce energy consumption, which could provide a greater energy balanced out. Angela initially winced at the idea of investing more cash into the home, but eventually she called me back and stated she wanted to progress with the solar and energy efficiency upgrades. We finished a Home Energy Audit to see why her use was so high and found that her house required a bigger Air Conditioner unit, plus additional ducts to disperse the Air Conditioning uniformly throughout your home. We likewise informed her that the financing partner might add the expense of that upgrade to the solar loan– and that in doing so, she could receive a lower interest rate than any other home improvement loan for that A/C upgrade. She took my suggestions and decided to progress and was, in reality, able to decrease her loan rates of interest.
Throughout the setup, we ended up paying for Angela and her senior mother to remain in a hotel until their upgrades and inspections were total to ensure they were comfortable throughout the procedure.
Now, Angelas planetary system covers 100% of the electrical power utilized in her home. Thanks to the A/C upgrade, they have actually decreased their energy consumption significantly, and she has a flat, foreseeable solar payment monthly that is less than she was paying prior to setting up solar. This is what we imply by “customer support.”
From a national point of view, how can we improve access to eco-friendly enery?
Most of the property owners that we go to are fortunate to own a home, yet numerous of them have actually not certified for solar due to a number of combined or isolated factors such as subprime credit rating, lower annual family earnings, self-employment, or a lack of knowledge of readily available loan programs. We require to offer more people with opportunities to adopt renewable energy with fewer inconveniences.
How has your Accelerate membership helped your company?
By empowering us to believe that there is somebody there to support our development in this industry, and providing us the chance to fulfill others in the exact same boat. Now I know that there is hope for minority little businesses in the renewable resource market.
How can possible partners work with you?
It is very important that we share the exact same worths and objective to help others, even if it indicates getting out of our convenience zones. It may cost a little more for us to do company, however its worth it in the end for our clients. We d like to meet to go over possible cooperation opportunities if youre ready to begin there.
Is there anything else you would like to share with ACORE members and partners?
We are really grateful for the Accelerate membership program and for all of the chances you have actually provided. I know this is just the start, and we have a long road ahead of us; however, I look forward to becoming a sponsor to help pave the way for other Accelerate members in the future– with an unique thanks to all of my consumers and partners at SUNTEX, because they are the fuel that drives the mission!
To find out more about SUNTEX, go to https://suntexllc.com/.