By Constance ThompsonSeptember 16, 2021
In addition, even though solar energy has been around for a while, the basics of these tasks are not commonly taught in school. During our initial appointment, I kept in mind that they could just accomplish about 56% of solar energy balanced out due to their homes intake rates and shading from trees on the home. We went over a few additional energy efficiency upgrades to the house to minimize energy intake, which might offer a higher energy balanced out. Angela initially cringed at the idea of investing more cash into the home, but ultimately she called me back and stated she wanted to move forward with the solar and energy effectiveness upgrades. Thanks to the Air conditioner upgrade, they have lowered their energy usage considerably, 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 happy to share the 4th installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installation includes industry leaders and subjects related to speeding up a fair and simply shift to a sustainable energy economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are flourishing in the eco-friendly energy sector.
What inspired you to start SUNTEX?
As a natural-born leader, I always set high expectations for myself and always try to find opportunities to serve others– be it by supplying remarkable customer care, language translations, or merely sharing knowledge with others. My personal goals and desire to help others led me to work in the eco-friendly energy sector, where I can pursue this dream on a larger scale.
Tell us about SUNTEX?
Our businesss mission is basic: we desire to make solar simple and budget friendly every step of the way. We mostly serve the Hispanic community in Texas. That is what we do best– help Spanish speakers comprehend and adopt renewable resource as a way of living, assisting generations to come.
Please share with us more about your journey towards establishing SUNTEX. Was there an “aha moment” when you chose to focus on solar?
Back in August of 2018, my organization partner and I had the chance to join a really promising small solar setup business in Houston. Through this work we saw the chance offered to bring solar into our (the Hispanic) neighborhood. As an outcome, my partner and I combined his experience in offering to the Hispanic market with my customer care competence to produce SUNTEX where “the consumer is the factor we exist as a business”. Our focus is linking the Hispanic neighborhood and our consumers with exceptional consumer service.
Why is focusing on the Hispanic neighborhood a top priority for SUNTEX?
Number Two: in the past, we have personally experienced a lack of care and communication from those that can not recognize with our culture. We knew that solar advantages everyone, regardless of race or background, and that our people would require a lot of assistance to comprehend how to obtain this advantage for their houses.
What obstacles do you deal with? Why?
Being a small business with a high level of service expectations for our consumers comes with its own set of obstacles. In addition, even though solar energy has been around for a while, the basics of these jobs are not commonly taught in school.
How are you making an effect through SUNTEX?
By just living up to our sincere values. I have learned throughout my life that in business, there is no other way to do it ideal but to be truthful. While others may take faster ways, the fact constantly dominates.
Please show us a recent company success story.
Throughout our initial visit, I kept in mind that they might only accomplish about 56% of solar energy balanced out due to their homes usage rates and shading from trees on the residential or commercial property. We discussed a few additional energy effectiveness upgrades to the house to decrease energy usage, which might offer a greater energy offset. Angela at first winced at the idea of investing more cash into the house, however eventually she called me back and said she desired to move forward with the solar and energy performance upgrades.
Throughout the installation, we ended up paying for Angela and her elderly mom to remain in a hotel until their upgrades and evaluations were complete to ensure they were comfortable throughout the process.
Now, Angelas planetary system covers 100% of the electricity used in her home. Thanks to the AC upgrade, they have minimized their energy consumption greatly, and she has a flat, predictable solar payment every month that is less than she was paying prior to setting up solar. This is what we suggest by “consumer service.”
From a national point of view, how can we enhance access to sustainable enery?
Many of the house owners that we visit are fortunate to own a house, yet many of them have actually not qualified for solar due to a number of combined or isolated factors such as subprime credit rating, lower yearly home earnings, self-employment, or a lack of understanding of offered loan programs. We need to provide more individuals with opportunities to embrace eco-friendly energy with fewer troubles.
How has your Accelerate subscription assisted your organization?
By empowering us to think that there is somebody there to support our growth in this market, and offering us the chance to satisfy others in the same boat. Now I know that there is hope for minority small companies in the renewable resource market.
How can possible partners do company with you?
It is important that we share the same values and mission to assist others, even if it suggests getting out of our convenience zones. It might cost a little more for us to do business, but its worth it in the end for our clients. We d love to fulfill to go over 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 membership program and for all of the chances you have actually supplied. I know this is just the beginning, and we have a long roadway ahead of us; however, I eagerly anticipate ending up being a sponsor to help lead the way for other Accelerate members in the future– with a special thanks to all of my clients and collaborators at SUNTEX, given that they are the fuel that drives the mission!
To read more about SUNTEX, visit https://suntexllc.com/.