Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Ally Mendoza, CEO of SUNTEX
By Constance ThompsonSeptember 16, 2021
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is pleased to share the 4th installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installation includes market leaders and topics related to speeding up an equitable and just transition to a renewable resource economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are flourishing in the renewable resource sector.
What inspired you to begin SUNTEX?
As a natural-born leader, I always set high expectations for myself and constantly search for opportunities to serve others– be it by providing extraordinary client service, language translations, or just sharing knowledge with others. My individual goals and desire to assist others led me to work in the renewable resource sector, where I can pursue this dream on a bigger scale.
Tell us about SUNTEX?
Our businesss mission is simple: we wish to make solar simple and cost effective every action of the method. We mainly serve the Hispanic neighborhood in Texas. That is what we do best– assist Spanish speakers comprehend and embrace renewable resource as a way of living, assisting generations to come.
Please show us more about your journey towards developing SUNTEX. Existed an “aha moment” when you chose to focus on solar?
Back in August of 2018, my company partner and I had the chance to sign up with a really appealing little solar setup company in Houston. Through this work we saw the opportunity available to bring solar into our (the Hispanic) community.
Why is focusing on the Hispanic neighborhood a priority for SUNTEX?
Number One: it remains in our blood. My business partner and I are native Spanish speakers, and we can identify well with our individuals and their worldview. Second: in the past, we have personally experienced a lack of care and communication from those that can not recognize with our culture. We understood that solar advantages everyone, regardless of race or background, and that our people would require a great deal of assistance to understand how to get this benefit for their homes.
What challenges do you deal with? Why?
Being a small company with a high level of service expectations for our clients comes with its own set of challenges. Furthermore, even though solar energy has been around for a while, the basics of these tasks are not commonly taught in school.
How are you making an impact through SUNTEX?
By simply measuring up to our sincere values. I have actually learned throughout my life that in business, there is no other method to do it right but to be sincere. While others may take faster ways, the truth constantly dominates.
Please show us a recent business success story.
During our initial appointment, I noted that they could only attain about 56% of solar energy balanced out due to their homes intake rates and shading from trees on the residential or commercial property. We went over a few extra energy performance upgrades to the house to minimize energy intake, which could supply a higher energy offset. Angela at first flinched at the thought of investing more cash into the house, however ultimately she called me back and stated she desired to move forward with the solar and energy performance upgrades.
During the setup, we wound up spending for Angela and her elderly mother to remain in a hotel up until their evaluations and upgrades were total to guarantee they were comfy throughout the process.
Now, Angelas planetary system covers 100% of the electrical power used in her home. Thanks to the air conditioning upgrade, they have lowered their energy usage considerably, and she has a flat, foreseeable solar payment monthly that is less than she was paying before setting up solar. This is what we suggest by “customer support.”
From a nationwide point of view, how can we improve access to renewable enery?
Many of the house owners that we check out are fortunate to own a house, yet numerous of them have actually not certified for solar due to a number of combined or isolated elements such as subprime credit score, lower yearly family income, self-employment, or a lack of understanding of offered loan programs. We require to supply more people with chances to adopt renewable energy with less hassles.
How has your Accelerate membership assisted your company?
By empowering us to think that there is someone there to support our development in this market, and offering us the opportunity to satisfy others in the exact same boat. Now I understand that there is expect minority small companies in the renewable resource industry.
How can potential partners work with you?
It is essential that we share the very same values and mission to help others, even if it means getting out of our comfort zones. It might cost a bit more for us to do service, however its worth it in the end for our customers. If youre ready to start there, we d love to satisfy to go over possible cooperation chances.
Exists anything else you would like to share with ACORE members and partners?
We are truly grateful for the Accelerate subscription program and for all of the chances you have actually supplied. 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 pave the method for other Accelerate members in the future– with a special thanks to all of my consumers and collaborators at SUNTEX, since they are the fuel that drives the objective!
For more information about SUNTEX, visit https://suntexllc.com/.
Additionally, even though solar energy has actually been around for a while, the basics of these tasks are not commonly taught in school. During our preliminary visit, I noted that they could just achieve about 56% of solar energy balanced out due to their houses consumption rates and shading from trees on the residential or commercial property. We discussed a few extra energy performance upgrades to the home to lower energy intake, which could provide a greater energy offset. Angela at first cringed at the idea of investing more money into the home, however ultimately 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 decreased their energy intake greatly, and she has a flat, foreseeable solar payment each month that is less than she was paying prior to setting up solar.