By Constance ThompsonSeptember 16, 2021
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is happy to share the fourth installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installation features market leaders and topics related to speeding up an equitable and just shift to a renewable resource economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are growing in the renewable resource sector.
What inspired you to begin SUNTEX?
As a natural-born leader, I always set high expectations for myself and always look for chances to serve others– be it by supplying exceptional customer support, language translations, or merely sharing knowledge with others. My individual goals and desire to assist others led me to work in the eco-friendly energy sector, where I can pursue this dream on a larger scale.
Inform us about SUNTEX?
Our companys mission is simple: we want to make solar simple and cost effective every action of the method. We largely serve the Hispanic neighborhood in Texas. That is what we do best– help Spanish speakers understand and adopt eco-friendly energy as a lifestyle, assisting generations to come.
Please share with us more about your journey toward developing SUNTEX. Existed an “aha minute” when you chose to focus on solar?
Back in August of 2018, my service partner and I had the chance to sign up with an extremely appealing small solar setup business in Houston. Through this work we saw the chance offered to bring solar into our (the Hispanic) community.
Why is concentrating on the Hispanic community a top priority for SUNTEX?
Number One: it remains in our blood. My service partner and I are native Spanish speakers, and we can identify well with our people and their worldview. Second: in the past, we have actually personally experienced an absence of care and communication from those that can not relate to our culture. We understood that solar advantages everybody, regardless of race or background, which our people would need a great deal of support to understand how to acquire this advantage for their homes.
What challenges do you face? Why?
Being a little business with a high level of service expectations for our customers comes with its own set of obstacles. In addition, even though solar energy has been around for a while, the fundamentals of these jobs are not widely taught in school.
How are you making an impact through SUNTEX?
By simply measuring up to our sincere values. I have learned throughout my life that in company, there is no other way to do it right but to be sincere. While others might take shortcuts, the truth always prevails.
Please show us a recent company success story.
During our preliminary appointment, I noted that they could just accomplish about 56% of solar energy balanced out due to their houses consumption rates and shading from trees on the home. We discussed a few extra energy efficiency upgrades to the home to reduce energy consumption, which might offer a higher energy balanced out. Angela initially flinched at the thought of investing more money into the home, but eventually she called me back and stated she desired to move forward with the solar and energy efficiency upgrades.
Throughout the setup, we ended up paying for Angela and her senior mother to remain in a hotel until their evaluations and upgrades were complete to guarantee they were comfy throughout the process.
Now, Angelas planetary system covers 100% of the electrical power used in her house. Thanks to the air conditioner upgrade, they have decreased their energy usage 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 mean by “client service.”
From a nationwide perspective, how can we enhance access to sustainable enery?
From my experience, there is a large gap in gain access to. Most of the property owners that we visit are fortunate to own a house, yet a number of them have not received solar due to numerous combined or isolated elements such as subprime credit history, lower annual family income, self-employment, or an absence of knowledge of available loan programs. These neighborhoods need more assistance and education on the value of setting up a planetary system that can save them cash. We need to provide more individuals with opportunities to embrace renewable resource with fewer hassles.
How has your Accelerate subscription assisted your business?
By empowering us to think that there is someone there to support our development in this market, and providing us the chance to satisfy others in the exact same boat. Now I understand that there is expect minority small companies in the renewable resource industry.
How can potential partners do service with you?
It is necessary that we share the exact same worths and objective to assist others, even if it means leaving our comfort zones. It may cost a bit more for us to do company, however its worth it in the end for our customers. If youre ready to start there, we d love to meet to discuss possible cooperation chances.
Exists anything else you wish to show ACORE members and partners?
We are really grateful for the Accelerate subscription program and for all of the chances you have provided. I know this is just the start, and we have a long roadway ahead of us; however, I look forward to ending up being a sponsor to assist lead the way for other Accelerate members in the future– with an unique thanks to all of my clients and partners at SUNTEX, considering that they are the fuel that drives the mission!
To discover more about SUNTEX, see https://suntexllc.com/.
Furthermore, even though solar energy has been around for a while, the essentials of these jobs are not extensively taught in school. Throughout our initial appointment, I noted that they could just accomplish about 56% of solar energy balanced out due to their houses consumption rates and shading from trees on the property. We went over a couple of additional energy performance upgrades to the house to reduce energy usage, which might supply a greater energy balanced out. Angela initially winced at the thought of investing more money into the home, however ultimately she called me back and stated she wanted to move forward with the solar and energy efficiency upgrades. Thanks to the Air conditioning upgrade, they have actually decreased their energy consumption significantly, and she has a flat, predictable solar payment each month that is less than she was paying prior to setting up solar.