Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Ally Mendoza, CEO of SUNTEX
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 16, 2021
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is happy to share the 4th installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installment features market leaders and topics connected to accelerating a fair and simply transition to a renewable resource economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September functions highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are growing in the renewable resource sector.
What inspired you to begin SUNTEX?
As a natural-born leader, I constantly set high expectations for myself and constantly try to find opportunities to serve others– be it by supplying extraordinary consumer service, language translations, or just sharing knowledge with others. My personal goals and desire to assist others led me to operate in the eco-friendly energy sector, where I can pursue this dream on a bigger scale.
Tell us about SUNTEX?
Our companys objective is basic: we want to make solar simple and budget-friendly every step of the way. We mainly serve the Hispanic neighborhood in Texas. That is what we do best– help Spanish speakers understand and embrace renewable resource as a method of life, assisting generations to come.
Please show us more about your journey towards establishing SUNTEX. Existed an “aha minute” when you decided to focus on solar?
Back in August of 2018, my business partner and I had the chance to join a really promising small solar installation business in Houston. Through this work we saw the chance offered to bring solar into our (the Hispanic) neighborhood.
Why is focusing on the Hispanic community a concern for SUNTEX?
Number Two: in the past, we have personally experienced an absence of care and interaction from those that can not determine with our culture. We understood that solar benefits everyone, regardless of race or background, and that our individuals would need a lot of assistance to understand how to acquire this benefit for their houses.
What obstacles do you deal with? Why?
Being a little company with a high level of service expectations for our customers comes with its own set of challenges. Additionally, even though solar energy has been around for a while, the fundamentals of these tasks are not extensively taught in school.
How are you making an impact through SUNTEX?
By simply measuring up to our truthful values. I have discovered throughout my life that in business, there is no other method to do it ideal however to be truthful. While others might take shortcuts, the truth always prevails.
Please share with us a recent company success story.
During our initial visit, 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 residential or commercial property. We went over a couple of additional energy effectiveness upgrades to the home to reduce energy consumption, which could provide a higher energy balanced out. Angela at first cringed at the idea of investing more cash into the home, but ultimately she called me back and said she desired to move forward with the solar and energy performance upgrades.
During the installation, we wound up paying for Angela and her senior mother to stay in a hotel till their assessments and upgrades were complete to guarantee they were comfy throughout the procedure.
Now, Angelas solar system covers 100% of the electrical power used in her home. Thanks to the air conditioner upgrade, they have actually decreased their energy intake considerably, and she has a flat, predictable solar payment every month that is less than she was paying prior to installing solar. This is what we indicate by “client service.”
From a nationwide point of view, how can we improve access to eco-friendly enery?
From my experience, there is a vast gap in gain access to. Many of the house owners that we visit are lucky to own a house, yet much of them have not received solar due to a number of combined or isolated elements such as subprime credit rating, lower annual family income, self-employment, or a lack of knowledge of available loan programs. These neighborhoods require more assistance and education on the value of installing a solar system that can conserve them cash. We require to offer more people with chances to embrace eco-friendly energy with less 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 market, and giving us the opportunity to satisfy others in the very same boat. Now I know that there is expect minority little organizations in the renewable resource industry.
How can potential 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 service, however its worth it in the end for our clients. If youre prepared to start there, we d enjoy to meet to go over possible collaboration opportunities.
Is there anything else you would like to share with ACORE members and partners?
We are really grateful for the Accelerate subscription program and for all of the chances you have offered. I know this is only the start, and we have a long road ahead of us; however, I eagerly anticipate becoming a sponsor to help lead the way for other Accelerate members in the future– with an unique thanks to all of my customers and partners at SUNTEX, considering that they are the fuel that drives the objective!
To find out more about SUNTEX, visit 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 only accomplish about 56% of solar energy offset due to their homes usage rates and shading from trees on the property. We went over a few extra energy efficiency upgrades to the house to reduce energy consumption, which might offer a greater energy balanced out. Angela at first flinched at the thought of investing more money into the house, however ultimately she called me back and stated she wanted to move forward with the solar and energy efficiency upgrades. Thanks to the Air conditioner upgrade, they have lowered their energy intake considerably, and she has a flat, foreseeable solar payment each month that is less than she was paying prior to installing solar.