By Constance ThompsonSeptember 16, 2021
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is pleased to share the 4th installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installation includes market leaders and subjects associated with accelerating an equitable and simply transition to a renewable resource economy. In acknowledgment of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are thriving in the renewable resource sector.
What inspired you to start SUNTEX?
As a natural-born leader, I always set high expectations for myself and always search for opportunities to serve others– be it by offering remarkable consumer service, language translations, or simply sharing understanding with others. My individual objectives and desire to assist others led me to work in the sustainable energy sector, where I can pursue this dream on a larger scale.
Inform us about SUNTEX?
Our businesss mission is easy: we desire to make solar easy and cost effective every action of the method. We mainly serve the Hispanic neighborhood in Texas. That is what we do best– help Spanish speakers understand and adopt renewable resource as a way of living, helping generations to come.
Please show us more about your journey toward establishing SUNTEX. Was there an “aha moment” when you chose to focus on solar?
Back in August of 2018, my business partner and I had the opportunity to sign up with an extremely appealing small solar setup company in Houston. Through this work we saw the chance readily available to bring solar into our (the Hispanic) neighborhood.
Why is focusing on the Hispanic community a concern for SUNTEX?
Number One: it is in our blood. My company partner and I are native Spanish speakers, and we can determine well with our people and their worldview. Number Two: in the past, we have actually personally experienced a lack of care and communication from those that can not determine with our culture. We understood that solar advantages everybody, despite race or background, and that our individuals would need a lot of support to comprehend how to acquire this benefit for their houses.
What challenges do you face? Why?
Being a little company with a high level of service expectations for our customers comes with its own set of obstacles. In addition, even though solar energy has actually been around for a while, the fundamentals of these tasks are not widely taught in school.
How are you making an effect through SUNTEX?
By just measuring up to our sincere values. I have learned throughout my life that in service, there is no other method to do it best but to be truthful. While others might take faster ways, the truth always prevails.
Please share with us a recent business success story.
During our preliminary consultation, I kept in mind that they could only attain about 56% of solar energy offset due to their homes usage rates and shading from trees on the property. We went over a couple of extra energy efficiency upgrades to the home to lower energy consumption, which could offer a greater energy offset. Angela initially cringed at the thought of investing more cash into the home, however eventually she called me back and stated she wanted to move forward with the solar and energy effectiveness upgrades.
Throughout the setup, we ended up paying for Angela and her elderly mother to remain in a hotel till their upgrades and inspections were total to ensure they were comfy throughout the process.
Now, Angelas solar system covers 100% of the electrical power utilized in her home. Thanks to the a/c upgrade, they have lowered their energy intake considerably, and she has a flat, predictable solar payment each month that is less than she was paying before installing solar. This is what we imply by “consumer service.”
From a nationwide viewpoint, how can we improve access to renewable enery?
Most of the house owners that we visit are fortunate to own a home, yet many of them have not qualified for solar due to a number of combined or separated aspects such as subprime credit rating, lower annual home earnings, self-employment, or an absence of understanding of offered loan programs. We require to offer more individuals with opportunities to embrace renewable energy with fewer troubles.
How has your Accelerate subscription helped your business?
By empowering us to believe that there is someone there to support our growth in this market, and giving us the opportunity to fulfill others in the very same boat. Now I know that there is expect minority little companies in the sustainable energy industry.
How can potential partners work with you?
It is necessary that we share the exact same values and mission to help others, even if it implies leaving our comfort zones. It might cost a bit more for us to do organization, however its worth it in the end for our customers. If youre ready to begin there, we d enjoy to satisfy to go over possible collaboration chances.
Is there anything else you want to share with ACORE members and partners?
We are genuinely grateful for the Accelerate membership program and for all of the opportunities you have actually provided. I understand this is just the start, and we have a long roadway ahead of us; nevertheless, I eagerly anticipate ending up being a sponsor to assist pave the way for other Accelerate members in the future– with a special thanks to all of my customers and collaborators at SUNTEX, considering that they are the fuel that drives the mission!
For more information about SUNTEX, visit https://suntexllc.com/.
In addition, even though solar energy has been around for a while, the fundamentals of these tasks are not extensively taught in school. During our initial appointment, I noted that they could only accomplish about 56% of solar energy offset due to their houses intake rates and shading from trees on the home. We talked about a couple of extra energy effectiveness upgrades to the home to decrease energy consumption, which could provide a greater energy offset. Angela at first winced at the idea of investing more cash into the house, but eventually she called me back and stated she wanted to move forward with the solar and energy effectiveness upgrades. Thanks to the Air conditioning upgrade, they have decreased their energy consumption greatly, and she has a flat, foreseeable solar payment each month that is less than she was paying prior to installing solar.