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 fundamentals of these jobs are not widely taught in school. During our initial visit, I noted that they might just achieve about 56% of solar energy offset due to their homes intake rates and shading from trees on the home. We discussed a few additional energy effectiveness upgrades to the house to reduce energy intake, which could offer a higher energy offset. Angela initially cringed at the idea of investing more money into the home, however eventually she called me back and said she wanted to move forward with the solar and energy performance upgrades. Thanks to the AC 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 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 installment features market leaders and subjects related to accelerating an equitable and simply shift to a renewable resource economy. In acknowledgment of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are prospering in the renewable resource sector.
What inspired you to start SUNTEX?
As a natural-born leader, I constantly set high expectations for myself and always 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 assist others led me to operate in the renewable resource sector, where I can pursue this dream on a larger scale.
Inform us about SUNTEX?
Our businesss objective is simple: we wish to make solar easy and economical every action 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 living, helping generations to come.
Please show us more about your journey toward establishing SUNTEX. Existed an “aha minute” when you chose to concentrate on solar?
Back in August of 2018, my service partner and I had the chance to join a very appealing small solar setup company in Houston. Through this work we saw the chance available to bring solar into our (the Hispanic) neighborhood.
Why is concentrating on the Hispanic community a top priority for SUNTEX?
Primary: it remains in our blood. My organization partner and I are native Spanish speakers, and we can recognize well with our people and their worldview. Number Two: in the past, we have personally experienced an absence of care and interaction from those that can not identify with our culture. We understood that solar benefits everyone, no matter race or background, and that our people would require a great deal of assistance to comprehend how to acquire this advantage for their homes.
What obstacles do you face? Why?
Being a small company with a high level of service expectations for our customers comes with its own set of challenges. Furthermore, 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 impact through SUNTEX?
By just measuring up to our truthful values. I have actually learned throughout my life that in company, there is no other way to do it ideal however to be truthful. While others may take shortcuts, the truth constantly dominates.
Please show us a recent business success story.
During our initial appointment, I kept in mind that they could just accomplish about 56% of solar energy offset due to their houses consumption rates and shading from trees on the property. We went over a few extra energy effectiveness upgrades to the house to decrease energy intake, which might provide a greater energy balanced out. Angela at first cringed at the thought 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 effectiveness upgrades.
Throughout the installation, we wound up paying for Angela and her elderly mother to remain in a hotel till their evaluations and upgrades were total to guarantee they were comfy throughout the process.
Now, Angelas solar system covers 100% of the electrical energy utilized in her house. Thanks to the a/c upgrade, they have reduced their energy intake greatly, and she has a flat, foreseeable solar payment monthly that is less than she was paying prior to setting up solar. This is what we suggest by “consumer service.”
From a national viewpoint, how can we enhance access to sustainable enery?
From my experience, there is a vast space in access. Most of the house owners that we go to are fortunate to own a home, yet a number of them have actually not certified for solar due to several combined or isolated aspects such as subprime credit score, lower annual household earnings, self-employment, or a lack of understanding of offered loan programs. These communities require more assistance and education on the value of installing a planetary system that can save them money. We require to supply more individuals with chances to embrace sustainable energy with fewer troubles.
How has your Accelerate membership helped your company?
By empowering us to think that there is someone there to support our growth in this industry, and giving us the opportunity to meet others in the exact same boat. Now I understand that there is hope for minority small companies in the renewable resource market.
How can prospective partners do service with you?
It is very important that we share the same values and mission to help others, even if it implies getting out of our convenience 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 fulfill to go over possible partnership opportunities if youre ready to begin there.
Exists anything else you want to share with ACORE members and partners?
We are really grateful for the Accelerate membership program and for all of the chances you have offered. I understand this is only the start, and we have a long roadway ahead of us; however, I eagerly anticipate ending up being a sponsor to help pave the method for other Accelerate members in the future– with a special thanks to all of my clients and partners at SUNTEX, because they are the fuel that drives the mission!
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