Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Ally Mendoza, CEO of SUNTEX
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 16, 2021
Additionally, even though solar energy has been around for a while, the essentials of these jobs are not extensively taught in school. During our initial visit, I kept in mind that they could only attain about 56% of solar energy balanced out due to their houses usage rates and shading from trees on the residential or commercial property. We went over a couple of extra energy effectiveness upgrades to the home to lower energy intake, which could offer a greater energy offset. Angela at first winced at the idea 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 effectiveness upgrades. Thanks to the A/C upgrade, they have actually decreased their energy consumption considerably, and she has a flat, predictable solar payment each month that is less than she was paying before installing solar.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is delighted to share the fourth installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installment features market leaders and subjects connected to accelerating a fair and simply transition to a renewable resource economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are growing in the renewable resource sector.
What inspired you to start SUNTEX?
As a natural-born leader, I always set high expectations for myself and constantly try to find opportunities to serve others– be it by supplying exceptional client service, language translations, or simply sharing knowledge with others. My personal goals and desire to help others led me to work in the renewable resource sector, where I can pursue this dream on a larger scale.
Tell us about SUNTEX?
Our businesss mission is simple: we wish to make solar simple and inexpensive every step of the method. We mainly serve the Hispanic neighborhood in Texas. That is what we do best– help Spanish speakers understand and embrace renewable resource as a way of life, helping generations to come.
Please show us more about your journey toward establishing SUNTEX. Was there an “aha moment” when you chose to concentrate on solar?
Back in August of 2018, my business partner and I had the opportunity to sign up with an extremely promising little solar installation business in Houston. Through this work we saw the chance available to bring solar into our (the Hispanic) community. As an outcome, my partner and I combined his experience in offering to the Hispanic market with my customer support knowledge to develop SUNTEX where “the consumer is the reason we exist as a business”. Our focus is linking the Hispanic neighborhood and our customers with exceptional customer support.
Why is concentrating on the Hispanic neighborhood a priority for SUNTEX?
Primary: it is in our blood. My business partner and I are native Spanish speakers, and we can identify well with our people and their worldview. Second: in the past, we have personally experienced an absence of care and interaction from those that can not relate to our culture. We understood that solar benefits everyone, regardless of race or background, which our individuals would need a lot of assistance to understand how to obtain this benefit for their houses.
What obstacles do you deal with? Why?
Being a small company with a high level of service expectations for our consumers 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 widely taught in school.
How are you making an effect through SUNTEX?
By just measuring up to our truthful worths. I have discovered throughout my life that in service, there is no other way to do it right however to be honest. While others might take faster ways, the reality always dominates.
Please share with us a recent business success story.
Throughout our preliminary consultation, I kept in mind that they might only achieve about 56% of solar energy offset due to their houses intake rates and shading from trees on the home. We discussed a couple of extra energy performance upgrades to the house to minimize energy consumption, which might supply a higher energy balanced out. Angela initially cringed at the thought of investing more cash into the home, but eventually she called me back and stated she wanted to move forward with the solar and energy efficiency upgrades.
Throughout the setup, we wound up paying for Angela and her senior mother to remain in a hotel until their upgrades and evaluations were complete to ensure they were comfy throughout the process.
Now, Angelas planetary system covers 100% of the electrical power utilized in her house. Thanks to the A/C upgrade, they have reduced their energy usage significantly, and she has a flat, predictable solar payment every month that is less than she was paying before installing solar. This is what we indicate by “client service.”
From a nationwide viewpoint, how can we enhance access to renewable enery?
Many of the property owners that we visit are lucky to own a house, yet numerous of them have actually not certified for solar due to numerous combined or isolated aspects such as subprime credit score, lower annual family earnings, self-employment, or an absence of understanding of available loan programs. We require to provide more people with chances to adopt sustainable energy with fewer hassles.
How has your Accelerate subscription helped your business?
By empowering us to believe that there is someone there to support our growth in this industry, and providing us the chance to meet others in the same boat. Now I understand that there is expect minority small companies in the sustainable energy industry.
How can prospective partners work with you?
It is essential that we share the same values and mission to assist others, even if it indicates leaving our convenience zones. It may cost a little more for us to do organization, however its worth it in the end for our consumers. If youre ready to start there, we d love to fulfill to discuss possible cooperation opportunities.
Is there anything else you wish to show ACORE members and partners?
We are really grateful for the Accelerate membership program and for all of the chances you have offered. I know this is just the start, and we have a long road ahead of us; however, I anticipate becoming a sponsor to help pave the method for other Accelerate members in the future– with an unique thanks to all of my clients and collaborators at SUNTEX, because they are the fuel that drives the objective!
To get more information about SUNTEX, go to https://suntexllc.com/.