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 essentials of these jobs are not widely taught in school. Throughout our initial consultation, I noted that they might only attain about 56% of solar energy balanced out due to their houses consumption rates and shading from trees on the property. We went over a few additional energy efficiency upgrades to the house to reduce energy intake, which could offer a greater energy offset. Angela at first flinched at the thought of investing more money into the home, however eventually 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 usage greatly, and she has a flat, foreseeable solar payment each month that is less than she was paying before installing solar.

The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is happy to share the 4th installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installation includes market leaders and subjects associated with accelerating an equitable and just shift to a renewable resource economy. In acknowledgment of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member business are prospering 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 look for chances to serve others– be it by supplying remarkable customer service, language translations, or merely 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 businesss mission is basic: 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 adopt renewable energy as a way of living, helping generations to come.
Please share with us more about your journey towards developing SUNTEX. Existed an “aha minute” when you chose to focus on solar?
Back in August of 2018, my service partner and I had the opportunity to sign up with an extremely appealing small solar setup business in Houston. Through this work we saw the opportunity readily available to bring solar into our (the Hispanic) community.
Why is focusing on the Hispanic neighborhood a concern for SUNTEX?
Primary: it is in our blood. My service partner and I are native Spanish speakers, and we can determine well with our individuals and their worldview. Second: in the past, we have personally experienced an absence of care and communication 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 great deal of assistance to comprehend how to get this benefit for their homes.
What difficulties do you deal with? Why?
Being a little business with a high level of service expectations for our customers comes with its own set of difficulties. Furthermore, even though solar energy has been around for a while, the fundamentals of these jobs are not extensively taught in school.
How are you making an effect through SUNTEX?
By simply living up to our honest worths. I have learned throughout my life that in company, there is no other method to do it right but to be truthful. While others may take faster ways, the reality constantly prevails.
Please show us a current business success story.
Just recently, after assisting a customer “go solar” in two of her homes, she referred a new customer named Angela to us. Throughout our preliminary consultation, I kept in mind that they might just achieve about 56% of solar power balanced out due to their houses consumption rates and shading from trees on the home. We discussed a couple of additional energy efficiency upgrades to your home to reduce energy intake, which could offer a greater energy balanced out. Angela at first flinched at the thought of investing more money into the home, but eventually she called me back and stated she wished to move forward with the solar and energy performance upgrades. We finished a Home Energy Audit to see why her usage was so high and found that her house required a larger air conditioning system, plus additional ducts to distribute the AC equally throughout your home. We likewise informed her that the finance partner might add the cost of that upgrade to the solar loan– and that in doing so, she might receive a lower rate of interest than any other home improvement loan for that AC upgrade. She took my recommendations and chose to move forward and was, in reality, able to reduce her loan interest rate.
Throughout the installation, we ended up spending for Angela and her elderly mom to stay in a hotel till their upgrades and evaluations were complete to guarantee they were comfortable throughout the process.
Now, Angelas planetary system covers 100% of the electrical energy used in her house. Thanks to the a/c upgrade, they have decreased their energy usage considerably, and she has a flat, predictable solar payment every month that is less than she was paying before setting up solar. This is what we imply by “client service.”
From a nationwide perspective, how can we improve access to eco-friendly enery?
From my experience, there is a huge space in access. Most 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 separated elements such as subprime credit report, lower yearly home income, self-employment, or a lack of knowledge of readily available loan programs. These neighborhoods need more assistance and education on the importance of setting up a solar system that can conserve them cash. We need to offer more individuals with opportunities to embrace renewable resource with less inconveniences.
How has your Accelerate subscription helped your company?
By empowering us to think that there is someone there to support our growth in this industry, and providing us the chance to fulfill others in the very same boat. Now I understand that there is wish for minority little businesses in the renewable resource market.
How can prospective partners do company with you?
It is necessary that we share the exact same values and objective to help others, even if it indicates leaving our convenience zones. It might cost a little more for us to do company, however its worth it in the end for our customers. If youre ready to begin there, we d love to meet to discuss possible cooperation opportunities.
Is there anything else you would like to show ACORE members and partners?
We are genuinely grateful for the Accelerate membership program and for all of the opportunities you have supplied. I understand this is only the beginning, and we have a long roadway ahead of us; however, I eagerly anticipate becoming a sponsor to help pave the way for other Accelerate members in the future– with a special thanks to all of my customers and collaborators at SUNTEX, considering that they are the fuel that drives the objective!
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