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 includes market leaders and topics connected to accelerating an equitable and simply transition to an eco-friendly energy economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are growing in the renewable resource sector.
What inspired you to start SUNTEX?
As a natural-born leader, I constantly set high expectations for myself and constantly try to find opportunities to serve others– be it by supplying extraordinary customer support, language translations, or simply sharing understanding with others. My individual objectives and desire to help others led me to operate in the renewable energy sector, where I can pursue this dream on a larger scale.
Tell us about SUNTEX?
Our companys objective is basic: we want to make solar easy and cost effective every action of the way. We largely serve the Hispanic neighborhood in Texas. That is what we do best– help Spanish speakers comprehend and adopt sustainable energy as a way of living, assisting generations to come.
Please show us more about your journey toward establishing SUNTEX. Existed an “aha moment” when you decided to concentrate on solar?
Back in August of 2018, my service partner and I had the chance to sign up with a really promising little solar setup company in Houston. Through this work we saw the opportunity offered to bring solar into our (the Hispanic) community.
Why is concentrating on the Hispanic community a concern for SUNTEX?
Primary: it is in our blood. My organization partner and I are native Spanish speakers, and we can determine 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 relate to our culture. We understood that solar benefits everyone, no matter race or background, which our people would require a lot of support to understand how to acquire this advantage for their homes.
What difficulties do you face? Why?
Being a little company 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 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 discovered throughout my life that in business, there is no other method to do it ideal but to be honest. While others might take faster ways, the reality constantly dominates.
Please share with us a current business success story.
During our initial visit, I noted that they might only attain about 56% of solar energy offset due to their homes intake rates and shading from trees on the property. We went over a few additional energy efficiency upgrades to the house to decrease energy usage, which could supply a higher energy balanced out. Angela at first 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.
During the setup, we ended up paying for Angela and her senior mom to remain in a hotel up until their assessments and upgrades were complete to guarantee they were comfortable throughout the procedure.
Now, Angelas planetary system covers 100% of the electricity utilized in her home. Thanks to the air conditioning upgrade, they have decreased their energy consumption greatly, and she has a flat, foreseeable solar payment each month that is less than she was paying before installing solar. This is what we suggest by “client service.”
From a nationwide point of view, how can we enhance access to sustainable enery?
Many of the property owners that we check out are lucky to own a house, yet numerous of them have actually not qualified for solar due to several combined or separated aspects such as subprime credit score, lower annual home earnings, self-employment, or a lack of understanding of available loan programs. We need to offer more individuals with opportunities to embrace eco-friendly energy with fewer inconveniences.
How has your Accelerate subscription assisted your business?
By empowering us to think that there is somebody there to support our growth in this industry, and providing us the chance to satisfy others in the exact same boat. Now I understand that there is wish for minority small companies in the renewable energy market.
How can possible partners do business with you?
It is very important that we share the same worths and mission to help others, even if it means leaving our comfort zones. It may cost a bit more for us to do company, however its worth it in the end for our customers. If youre willing to start there, we d enjoy to satisfy to discuss possible partnership opportunities.
Is there anything else you want to share with ACORE members and partners?
We are really 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; however, I eagerly anticipate ending up being a sponsor to help pave the method for other Accelerate members in the future– with an unique thanks to all of my clients and collaborators at SUNTEX, given that they are the fuel that drives the objective!
To read more about SUNTEX, see 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. Throughout our preliminary visit, I kept in mind that they might only attain about 56% of solar energy offset due to their houses consumption rates and shading from trees on the home. We discussed a couple of additional energy efficiency upgrades to the house to reduce energy consumption, which could supply a higher energy offset. Angela initially flinched at the idea of investing more cash into the house, however eventually she called me back and stated she desired to move forward with the solar and energy effectiveness upgrades. Thanks to the Air conditioner upgrade, they have actually decreased their energy consumption significantly, and she has a flat, foreseeable solar payment each month that is less than she was paying before installing solar.