Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Ally Mendoza, CEO of SUNTEX
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 16, 2021
In addition, even though solar energy has been around for a while, the essentials of these tasks are not extensively taught in school. Throughout our preliminary appointment, I kept in mind that they might only attain about 56% of solar energy balanced out due to their homes consumption rates and shading from trees on the property. We went over a few additional energy performance upgrades to the home to lower energy intake, which might supply a greater energy balanced out. Angela initially cringed at the thought of investing more cash 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 A/c upgrade, they have minimized their energy consumption greatly, 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 fourth installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installation includes industry leaders and subjects connected to accelerating an equitable and simply transition to an eco-friendly energy economy. In acknowledgment of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September functions highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business 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 try to find chances to serve others– be it by supplying exceptional consumer service, language translations, or just sharing understanding with others. My personal goals 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 companys mission is easy: we wish to make solar simple and economical every action of the method. We largely serve the Hispanic neighborhood in Texas. That is what we do best– assist Spanish speakers comprehend and embrace renewable energy as a way of living, assisting generations to come.
Please show us more about your journey toward establishing SUNTEX. Existed an “aha moment” when you chose to concentrate on solar?
Back in August of 2018, my organization partner and I had the opportunity to join a very promising little solar installation company in Houston. Through this work we saw the opportunity offered to bring solar into our (the Hispanic) neighborhood.
Why is focusing on the Hispanic neighborhood a concern for SUNTEX?
Number One: it is in our blood. My company partner and I are native Spanish speakers, and we can recognize 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 determine with our culture. We understood that solar benefits everyone, no matter race or background, and that our individuals would require a great deal of support to comprehend how to get this advantage for their homes.
What challenges do you face? Why?
Being a small company with a high level of service expectations for our customers comes with its own set of obstacles. Additionally, even though solar energy has been around for a while, the essentials of these jobs are not extensively taught in school.
How are you making an impact through SUNTEX?
By just measuring up to our sincere values. I have actually learned throughout my life that in service, there is no other method to do it best however to be honest. While others may take faster ways, the fact constantly prevails.
Please share with us a recent company success story.
Just recently, after assisting a customer “go solar” in 2 of her homes, she referred a new client called Angela to us. Throughout our initial visit, I kept in mind that they could just accomplish about 56% of solar energy offset due to their homes consumption rates and shading from trees on the residential or commercial property. We went over a couple of extra energy effectiveness upgrades to your home to reduce energy consumption, which might provide a higher energy balanced out. Angela initially winced at the idea of investing more money into the house, but ultimately she called me back and said she wanted to progress with the solar and energy performance upgrades. We finished a Home Energy Audit to see why her use was so high and discovered that her house needed a bigger AC unit, plus additional ducts to distribute the a/c equally throughout your house. We also told her that the finance partner could include the cost of that upgrade to the solar loan– which in doing so, she might receive a lower rate of interest than any other house improvement loan for that AC upgrade. She took my suggestions and chose to move forward and was, in truth, able to minimize her loan rate of interest.
During the installation, we wound up spending for Angela and her elderly mom to remain in a hotel up until their upgrades and assessments were total to guarantee they were comfortable throughout the procedure.
Now, Angelas planetary system covers 100% of the electrical energy utilized in her home. Thanks to the a/c upgrade, they have actually reduced their energy intake greatly, and she has a flat, foreseeable solar payment monthly that is less than she was paying before installing solar. This is what we imply by “customer support.”
From a national perspective, how can we enhance access to eco-friendly enery?
Many of the homeowners that we visit are lucky to own a house, yet many of them have actually not certified for solar due to numerous combined or isolated factors such as subprime credit rating, lower yearly home income, self-employment, or a lack of understanding of readily available loan programs. We need to offer more people with chances to embrace eco-friendly energy with fewer inconveniences.
How has your Accelerate membership assisted your company?
By empowering us to think that there is someone there to support our growth in this market, and providing us the opportunity to meet others in the exact same boat. Now I understand that there is expect minority small companies in the renewable resource market.
How can potential partners work with you?
It is essential that we share the exact same values and mission to assist others, even if it indicates getting out of our comfort zones. It may cost a little bit more for us to do organization, but its worth it in the end for our consumers. We d like to meet to talk about possible partnership opportunities if youre ready to start there.
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 opportunities you have actually offered. I know this is only the beginning, and we have a long road ahead of us; nevertheless, I anticipate becoming a sponsor to help lead the way for other Accelerate members in the future– with a special thanks to all of my customers and partners at SUNTEX, because they are the fuel that drives the mission!
To learn more about SUNTEX, visit https://suntexllc.com/.