Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Ally Mendoza, CEO of SUNTEX
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 16, 2021
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is happy to share the fourth installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installment features market leaders and topics related to accelerating an equitable and simply transition to a renewable resource economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September functions highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are flourishing in the renewable resource sector.
What inspired you to start SUNTEX?
As a natural-born leader, I always set high expectations for myself and always search for chances to serve others– be it by providing remarkable customer support, language translations, or just 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 bigger scale.
Inform us about SUNTEX?
Our businesss objective is basic: we want to make solar simple and budget-friendly every action of the way. We mostly serve the Hispanic community in Texas. That is what we do best– assist Spanish speakers understand and adopt renewable resource as a way of living, assisting generations to come.
Please show us more about your journey toward developing SUNTEX. Existed an “aha minute” when you chose to concentrate on solar?
Back in August of 2018, my business partner and I had the opportunity to sign up with an extremely promising small solar installation business in Houston. Through this work we saw the opportunity offered to bring solar into our (the Hispanic) community.
Why is concentrating on the Hispanic neighborhood a priority for SUNTEX?
Top: it is in our blood. My organization partner and I are native Spanish speakers, and we can identify well with our people and their worldview. Second: 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, no matter race or background, and that our people would need a lot of support to understand how to obtain this advantage for their houses.
What challenges do you face? Why?
Being a small company with a high level of service expectations for our consumers comes with its own set of difficulties. Furthermore, even though solar energy has actually been around for a while, the basics of these tasks are not extensively taught in school.
How are you making an impact through SUNTEX?
By simply measuring up to our sincere worths. I have actually found out throughout my life that in company, there is no other way to do it ideal but to be truthful. While others may take shortcuts, the reality always dominates.
Please share with us a current company success story.
During our preliminary consultation, I noted that they might only attain about 56% of solar energy offset due to their houses usage rates and shading from trees on the home. We talked about a few additional energy performance upgrades to the home to minimize energy consumption, which could provide a greater energy offset. Angela initially cringed at the idea of investing more cash into the house, but ultimately she called me back and stated she desired to move forward with the solar and energy efficiency upgrades.
Throughout the setup, we ended up spending for Angela and her senior mother to remain in a hotel till their examinations and upgrades were complete to ensure they were comfy throughout the procedure.
Now, Angelas solar system covers 100% of the electricity used in her home. Thanks to the air conditioner upgrade, they have minimized their energy consumption greatly, and she has a flat, foreseeable solar payment each month that is less than she was paying before setting up solar. This is what we imply by “customer service.”
From a national perspective, how can we improve access to renewable enery?
Many of the house owners that we go to are lucky to own a home, yet numerous of them have actually not qualified for solar due to numerous combined or separated elements such as subprime credit rating, lower yearly family income, self-employment, or an absence of understanding of readily available loan programs. We need to offer more people with chances to adopt sustainable energy with less hassles.
How has your Accelerate membership assisted your company?
By empowering us to think that there is somebody there to support our growth in this market, and giving us the opportunity to meet others in the very same boat. Now I know that there is expect minority little businesses in the renewable resource market.
How can potential partners do service with you?
It is crucial that we share the same worths and mission to assist others, even if it indicates getting out of our convenience zones. It may cost a bit more for us to do service, but its worth it in the end for our clients. If youre prepared to start there, we d love to fulfill to go over possible cooperation opportunities.
Exists anything else you want to share with ACORE members and partners?
We are truly grateful for the Accelerate subscription program and for all of the opportunities you have offered. I understand this is just the start, and we have a long road ahead of us; however, I look forward to ending up being a sponsor to help pave the way for other Accelerate members in the future– with a special thanks to all of my customers and partners at SUNTEX, since they are the fuel that drives the objective!
To get more information about SUNTEX, check out https://suntexllc.com/.
In addition, even though solar energy has been around for a while, the fundamentals of these jobs are not commonly taught in school. During our initial appointment, I kept in mind that they might just achieve about 56% of solar energy offset due to their houses usage rates and shading from trees on the home. We discussed a few extra energy efficiency upgrades to the house to reduce energy usage, which could provide a greater energy offset. Angela at first flinched at the thought of investing more cash into the home, but ultimately she called me back and stated she desired to move forward with the solar and energy performance upgrades. Thanks to the A/c upgrade, they have lowered their energy consumption greatly, and she has a flat, foreseeable solar payment each month that is less than she was paying prior to installing solar.