By Constance ThompsonSeptember 16, 2021
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is delighted to share the fourth installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installment includes market leaders and topics connected to speeding up a fair and simply transition to a renewable resource 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 begin SUNTEX?
As a natural-born leader, I constantly set high expectations for myself and always search for opportunities to serve others– be it by supplying exceptional consumer service, language translations, or just sharing understanding with others. My personal goals and desire to help others led me to work in the renewable resource sector, where I can pursue this dream on a bigger scale.
Inform us about SUNTEX?
Our businesss objective is simple: we desire to make solar simple and affordable every action of the way. We mainly serve the Hispanic neighborhood in Texas. That is what we do best– assist Spanish speakers understand and embrace renewable energy as a way of living, helping 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 business partner and I had the opportunity to sign up with a really appealing small solar setup business in Houston. Through this work we saw the chance available to bring solar into our (the Hispanic) community.
Why is concentrating on the Hispanic neighborhood a top priority for SUNTEX?
Number Two: in the past, we have personally experienced an absence of care and communication from those that can not identify with our culture. We knew that solar advantages everybody, regardless of race or background, and that our individuals would need a lot of support to comprehend how to get this benefit for their homes.
What difficulties do you face? Why?
Being a little business 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 essentials of these jobs are not extensively taught in school.
How are you making an impact through SUNTEX?
By just living up to our honest worths. I have actually learned throughout my life that in business, 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.
During our initial consultation, I kept in mind that they could only attain about 56% of solar energy offset due to their homes consumption rates and shading from trees on the home. We went over a couple of additional energy efficiency upgrades to the house to decrease energy consumption, which might provide a higher energy offset. Angela initially flinched at the thought of investing more money into the home, but eventually she called me back and stated she desired to move forward with the solar and energy efficiency upgrades.
During the installation, we wound up paying for Angela and her elderly mother to remain in a hotel till their upgrades and assessments were total to guarantee they were comfy throughout the process.
Now, Angelas solar system covers 100% of the electricity utilized in her home. Thanks to the Air Conditioner upgrade, they have actually minimized their energy usage 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 “customer support.”
From a nationwide viewpoint, how can we enhance access to eco-friendly enery?
Many of the homeowners that we go to are lucky to own a home, yet numerous of them have actually not qualified for solar due to several combined or separated aspects such as subprime credit score, lower annual family income, self-employment, or a lack of understanding of offered loan programs. We require to offer more individuals with opportunities to adopt eco-friendly energy with less hassles.
How has your Accelerate subscription assisted your service?
By empowering us to think that there is somebody there to support our growth in this industry, and providing us the chance to fulfill others in the same boat. Now I know that there is wish for minority small services in the renewable resource industry.
How can potential partners do organization with you?
It is essential that we share the same worths and mission to help others, even if it implies leaving our convenience zones. It may cost a little bit more for us to do organization, however its worth it in the end for our clients. We d enjoy to satisfy to talk about possible collaboration chances if youre willing to start there.
Exists anything else you wish to show ACORE members and partners?
We are genuinely grateful for the Accelerate subscription program and for all of the opportunities you have actually provided. I understand this is only the beginning, and we have a long roadway ahead of us; nevertheless, I anticipate ending up being a sponsor to assist lead the way for other Accelerate members in the future– with an unique thanks to all of my customers and partners at SUNTEX, considering that they are the fuel that drives the objective!
To read more about SUNTEX, check out https://suntexllc.com/.
Furthermore, even though solar energy has been around for a while, the essentials of these jobs are not commonly taught in school. Throughout our initial consultation, I noted that they might just achieve about 56% of solar energy balanced out due to their houses usage rates and shading from trees on the residential or commercial property. We went over a couple of extra energy effectiveness upgrades to the home to minimize energy intake, which might provide a greater energy balanced out. Angela at first winced at the idea of investing more money into the home, but eventually she called me back and said she wanted to move forward with the solar and energy performance upgrades. Thanks to the Air Conditioner upgrade, they have actually decreased their energy consumption considerably, and she has a flat, foreseeable solar payment each month that is less than she was paying before installing solar.