By Constance ThompsonSeptember 16, 2021
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is delighted to share the fourth installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installment features industry leaders and subjects connected to speeding up an equitable and just transition to a renewable resource economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September functions highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are thriving 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 search for opportunities to serve others– be it by supplying exceptional customer service, language translations, or just sharing understanding with others. My personal objectives 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 businesss objective is simple: we wish to make solar easy and budget friendly every action of the method. We mostly serve the Hispanic neighborhood in Texas. That is what we do best– help Spanish speakers understand and embrace sustainable energy as a way of living, helping generations to come.
Please share with us more about your journey toward developing SUNTEX. Was there an “aha moment” when you decided to concentrate on solar?
Back in August of 2018, my organization partner and I had the chance to sign up with an extremely appealing 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 neighborhood a concern for SUNTEX?
Number Two: in the past, we have actually personally experienced an absence 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 lot of assistance to understand how to acquire this advantage for their houses.
What difficulties do you face? Why?
Being a little business with a high level of service expectations for our clients comes with its own set of difficulties. Furthermore, even though solar energy has been around for a while, the fundamentals of these jobs are not widely taught in school.
How are you making an impact through SUNTEX?
By merely living up to our sincere worths. I have actually discovered throughout my life that in company, there is no other method to do it ideal however to be honest. While others may take faster ways, the fact constantly prevails.
Please share with us a current company success story.
Throughout our preliminary consultation, I kept in mind that they might only accomplish about 56% of solar energy offset due to their homes usage rates and shading from trees on the property. We discussed a few additional energy performance upgrades to the house to minimize energy consumption, which might supply a higher energy balanced out. Angela at first cringed at the thought of investing more cash into the home, however eventually she called me back and said she wanted to move forward with the solar and energy efficiency upgrades.
During the setup, we ended up paying for Angela and her senior mother to remain in a hotel up until their assessments and upgrades were complete to guarantee they were comfortable throughout the process.
Now, Angelas planetary system covers 100% of the electricity used in her house. Thanks to the AC upgrade, they have actually reduced their energy consumption considerably, and she has a flat, foreseeable solar payment every month that is less than she was paying before setting up solar. This is what we indicate by “customer support.”
From a national viewpoint, how can we improve access to sustainable enery?
From my experience, there is a vast gap in gain access to. Most of the house owners that we check out are lucky to own a house, yet a number of them have not certified for solar due to several combined or separated factors such as subprime credit rating, lower yearly home income, self-employment, or an absence of knowledge of available loan programs. These neighborhoods require more assistance and education on the significance of installing a solar system that can conserve them money. We require to offer more people with opportunities to embrace renewable energy with fewer hassles.
How has your Accelerate membership assisted your organization?
By empowering us to believe that there is somebody there to support our growth in this industry, and giving us the opportunity to fulfill others in the exact same boat. Now I understand that there is expect minority small companies in the renewable energy market.
How can possible partners do business with you?
It is essential that we share the same values and objective to help others, even if it indicates getting out of our comfort zones. It may cost a little bit more for us to do company, however its worth it in the end for our customers. We d like to fulfill to talk about possible partnership opportunities if youre ready to begin there.
Is there anything else you would like to show ACORE members and partners?
We are truly grateful for the Accelerate subscription program and for all of the chances you have actually provided. I know this is only the beginning, and we have a long roadway ahead of us; nevertheless, I look forward to becoming a sponsor to help pave the way for other Accelerate members in the future– with a special thanks to all of my consumers and collaborators at SUNTEX, considering that they are the fuel that drives the mission!
To read more about SUNTEX, go to https://suntexllc.com/.
In addition, even though solar energy has actually been around for a while, the basics of these tasks are not extensively taught in school. During our preliminary appointment, I noted that they might just achieve about 56% of solar energy offset due to their houses consumption rates and shading from trees on the property. We talked about a few additional energy efficiency upgrades to the house to reduce energy consumption, which could offer a higher energy offset. Angela at first cringed at the thought of investing more money into the house, however eventually she called me back and said she desired to move forward with the solar and energy effectiveness upgrades. Thanks to the Air conditioner upgrade, they have reduced their energy usage significantly, and she has a flat, foreseeable solar payment each month that is less than she was paying before setting up solar.