Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Ally Mendoza, CEO of SUNTEX
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 16, 2021
In addition, even though solar energy has actually been around for a while, the basics of these tasks are not extensively taught in school. Throughout our preliminary visit, I noted that they might only attain about 56% of solar energy balanced out due to their houses intake rates and shading from trees on the property. We talked about a few extra energy effectiveness upgrades to the house to decrease energy usage, which could supply a higher energy offset. Angela initially flinched at the idea of investing more money into the home, however ultimately she called me back and said she desired to move forward with the solar and energy effectiveness upgrades. Thanks to the Air conditioning upgrade, they have actually lowered their energy intake greatly, 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 4th installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installment includes market leaders and subjects associated with speeding up a fair and simply shift to an eco-friendly energy economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are flourishing in the renewable resource sector.
What inspired you to start SUNTEX?
As a natural-born leader, I constantly set high expectations for myself and constantly look for opportunities to serve others– be it by providing remarkable client service, language translations, or simply sharing knowledge with others. My personal goals and desire to assist others led me to work in the renewable energy sector, where I can pursue this dream on a larger scale.
Tell us about SUNTEX?
Our companys objective is simple: we wish to make solar simple and inexpensive every action of the way. We mainly serve the Hispanic community in Texas. That is what we do best– assist Spanish speakers comprehend and adopt renewable resource as a way of living, assisting generations to come.
Please share with us more about your journey toward developing SUNTEX. Was there an “aha moment” when you decided to focus on solar?
Back in August of 2018, my business partner and I had the opportunity to sign up with a very appealing little solar installation company in Houston. Through this work we saw the opportunity readily available to bring solar into our (the Hispanic) community. As a result, my partner and I integrated his experience in selling to the Hispanic market with my client service know-how to produce SUNTEX where “the client is the reason we exist as a business”. Our focus is linking the Hispanic community and our customers with exceptional customer support.
Why is concentrating on the Hispanic neighborhood a concern for SUNTEX?
Number One: it is in our blood. My business partner and I are native Spanish speakers, and we can recognize well with our individuals and their worldview. Number Two: in the past, we have actually personally experienced a lack of care and communication from those that can not identify with our culture. We understood that solar advantages everybody, regardless of race or background, and that our people would need a great deal of support to comprehend how to get this benefit for their houses.
What obstacles do you face? Why?
Being a little company with a high level of service expectations for our consumers comes with its own set of challenges. Additionally, even though solar energy has actually been around for a while, the essentials of these jobs are not commonly 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 company, there is no other way to do it best but to be truthful. While others might take shortcuts, the fact always dominates.
Please share with us a current business success story.
Just recently, after helping a client “go solar” in 2 of her homes, she referred a new client named Angela to us. Throughout our preliminary appointment, I kept in mind that they might only achieve about 56% of solar energy offset due to their homes usage rates and shading from trees on the residential or commercial property. We discussed a few extra energy efficiency upgrades to your house to decrease energy intake, which might offer a greater energy offset. Angela at first flinched at the thought of investing more cash into the house, however ultimately she called me back and said she wished to move on with the solar and energy effectiveness upgrades. We finished a Home Energy Audit to see why her usage was so high and found that her house needed a bigger AC unit, plus extra ducts to disperse the air conditioning evenly throughout your home. We likewise told her that the finance partner could add the cost of that upgrade to the solar loan– which in doing so, she might receive a lower interest rate than any other home improvement loan for that a/c upgrade. She took my suggestions and decided to move on and was, in reality, able to reduce her loan interest rate.
During the setup, we ended up spending for Angela and her elderly mother to stay in a hotel till their upgrades and assessments were complete to ensure they were comfortable throughout the procedure.
Now, Angelas planetary system covers 100% of the electricity used in her home. Thanks to the a/c upgrade, they have reduced their energy intake significantly, and she has a flat, foreseeable solar payment each month that is less than she was paying before setting up solar. This is what we indicate by “client service.”
From a national perspective, how can we enhance access to renewable enery?
Most of the house owners that we go to are fortunate to own a house, yet numerous of them have actually not certified for solar due to several combined or separated aspects such as subprime credit rating, lower annual household earnings, self-employment, or a lack of knowledge of available loan programs. We need to supply more people with opportunities to adopt eco-friendly energy with fewer inconveniences.
How has your Accelerate subscription assisted your organization?
By empowering us to believe that there is someone there to support our development in this industry, and giving us the opportunity to satisfy others in the very same boat. Now I understand that there is wish for minority small companies in the renewable energy market.
How can possible partners do organization with you?
It is essential that we share the exact same worths and mission to help others, even if it suggests getting out of our comfort zones. It might cost a bit more for us to do company, but its worth it in the end for our consumers. We d like to satisfy to talk about possible collaboration chances if youre prepared to begin there.
Is there anything else you wish to show ACORE members and partners?
We are truly grateful for the Accelerate subscription program and for all of the opportunities you have actually offered. I understand this is only the beginning, and we have a long road ahead of us; nevertheless, I eagerly anticipate becoming a sponsor to assist pave the way for other Accelerate members in the future– with a special thanks to all of my customers and partners at SUNTEX, given that they are the fuel that drives the objective!
To read more about SUNTEX, check out https://suntexllc.com/.