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 extensively taught in school. Throughout our initial consultation, I kept in mind that they might just achieve about 56% of solar energy balanced out due to their houses intake rates and shading from trees on the residential or commercial property. We went over a couple of extra energy efficiency upgrades to the home to reduce energy intake, which could supply a greater energy offset. Angela at first flinched at the thought of investing more cash into the house, however eventually she called me back and said she wanted to move forward with the solar and energy efficiency upgrades. Thanks to the AC upgrade, they have actually reduced their energy intake considerably, and she has a flat, predictable solar payment each month that is less than she was paying before setting up solar.

The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is happy to share the 4th installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installation includes market leaders and subjects related to speeding up a fair and just transition to a renewable resource economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are growing in the renewable energy sector.
What inspired you to begin SUNTEX?
As a natural-born leader, I always set high expectations for myself and constantly search for chances to serve others– be it by providing exceptional customer care, language translations, or just sharing understanding with others. My personal objectives and desire to assist others led me to work in the sustainable energy sector, where I can pursue this dream on a bigger scale.
Tell us about SUNTEX?
Our companys objective is basic: we wish to make solar simple and budget-friendly every step of the way. We largely serve the Hispanic community in Texas. That is what we do best– help Spanish speakers understand and embrace sustainable energy as a way of living, assisting generations to come.
Please share with us more about your journey toward establishing SUNTEX. Was there 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 really appealing little solar setup company in Houston. Through this work we saw the chance offered 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 interaction from those that can not determine with our culture. We understood that solar benefits everybody, regardless of race or background, and that our individuals would need a lot of support to understand how to obtain this benefit for their homes.
What obstacles do you deal with? Why?
Being a little business with a high level of service expectations for our clients comes with its own set of obstacles. Furthermore, even though solar energy has been around for a while, the essentials of these tasks are not commonly taught in school.
How are you making an effect through SUNTEX?
By just living up to our truthful worths. I have actually discovered throughout my life that in organization, there is no other way to do it ideal but to be honest. While others may take faster ways, the fact constantly prevails.
Please show us a current company success story.
Recently, after helping a customer “go solar” in two of her homes, she referred a brand-new client named Angela to us. During our preliminary appointment, I noted that they could only achieve about 56% of solar energy balanced out due to their homes usage rates and shading from trees on the residential or commercial property. We talked about a few extra energy effectiveness upgrades to the house to reduce energy intake, which could supply a higher energy offset. Angela initially winced at the idea of investing more money into the house, but eventually she called me back and said she wished to move on with the solar and energy performance upgrades. We completed a Home Energy Audit to see why her usage was so high and found that her home needed a larger a/c system, plus extra ducts to disperse the AC evenly throughout your home. We also told her that the finance partner could include the cost of that upgrade to the solar loan– and that in doing so, she might get approved for a lower rate of interest than any other house improvement loan for that air conditioner upgrade. She took my advice and decided to move on and was, in fact, able to lower her loan rate of interest.
During the installation, we ended up paying for Angela and her senior mother to remain in a hotel up until their upgrades and inspections were total to guarantee they were comfortable throughout the process.
Now, Angelas solar system covers 100% of the electrical power utilized in her house. Thanks to the a/c upgrade, they have decreased their energy intake considerably, and she has a flat, foreseeable solar payment monthly that is less than she was paying before installing solar. This is what we indicate by “customer care.”
From a national perspective, how can we improve access to eco-friendly enery?
Many of the homeowners that we check out are fortunate to own a home, yet numerous of them have actually not qualified for solar due to a number of combined or isolated factors such as subprime credit score, lower annual household earnings, self-employment, or a lack of knowledge of offered loan programs. We need to supply more individuals with chances to embrace renewable energy with fewer inconveniences.
How has your Accelerate subscription helped your service?
By empowering us to believe that there is somebody there to support our development in this market, and giving us the opportunity to satisfy others in the very same boat. Now I understand that there is expect minority small companies in the renewable resource industry.
How can prospective partners do company 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 might cost a bit more for us to do organization, however its worth it in the end for our clients. If youre prepared to start there, we d like to meet to talk about possible cooperation opportunities.
Exists anything else you want to show ACORE members and partners?
We are genuinely grateful for the Accelerate membership program and for all of the opportunities you have offered. I know this is only the start, and we have a long roadway ahead of us; nevertheless, I look forward to becoming a sponsor to assist pave the way for other Accelerate members in the future– with an unique thanks to all of my clients and collaborators at SUNTEX, because they are the fuel that drives the mission!
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