By Constance ThompsonSeptember 16, 2021
Furthermore, even though solar energy has actually been around for a while, the essentials of these jobs are not widely taught in school. During our initial appointment, I noted that they might just attain about 56% of solar energy balanced out due to their houses intake rates and shading from trees on the home. We went over a few extra energy efficiency upgrades to the home to minimize energy intake, which might offer a higher energy balanced out. Angela at first flinched at the idea of investing more money into the house, but 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 minimized their energy usage significantly, and she has a flat, foreseeable solar payment each month that is less than she was paying before setting up solar.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is delighted to share the 4th installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installation features industry leaders and topics associated with speeding up an equitable and simply transition to a sustainable energy economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are growing in the renewable energy sector.
What inspired you to begin SUNTEX?
As a natural-born leader, I constantly set high expectations for myself and always try to find chances to serve others– be it by providing remarkable customer care, language translations, or just sharing knowledge with others. My personal goals and desire to assist others led me to work in the renewable resource sector, where I can pursue this dream on a larger scale.
Tell us about SUNTEX?
Our companys objective is simple: we desire to make solar easy and inexpensive every step of the method. We mainly serve the Hispanic community in Texas. That is what we do best– assist Spanish speakers understand and adopt eco-friendly energy as a lifestyle, assisting generations to come.
Please show us more about your journey toward developing SUNTEX. Was there an “aha minute” when you decided to concentrate on solar?
Back in August of 2018, my company partner and I had the chance to join a very promising little solar setup business in Houston. Through this work we saw the opportunity offered to bring solar into our (the Hispanic) neighborhood.
Why is concentrating on the Hispanic neighborhood a priority for SUNTEX?
Number Two: in the past, we have personally experienced a lack of care and interaction from those that can not identify with our culture. We knew that solar benefits everyone, regardless of race or background, and that our individuals would require a lot of assistance to comprehend how to get this advantage for their homes.
What challenges 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. In addition, even though solar energy has actually been around for a while, the basics of these jobs are not extensively taught in school.
How are you making an effect through SUNTEX?
By merely living up to our honest values. I have actually discovered throughout my life that in organization, there is no other method to do it right however to be honest. While others might take shortcuts, the fact constantly dominates.
Please show us a recent business success story.
Just recently, after helping a customer “go solar” in 2 of her homes, she referred a new client named Angela to us. During our initial visit, I noted that they could just accomplish about 56% of solar energy offset due to their homes intake rates and shading from trees on the property. We discussed a couple of additional energy efficiency upgrades to the house to decrease energy intake, which could supply a greater energy offset. Angela at first flinched at the idea of investing more cash into the house, however ultimately 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 discovered that her house needed a bigger A/C system, plus extra ducts to distribute the Air Conditioner uniformly throughout your house. We likewise informed her that the financing partner could add the cost of that upgrade to the solar loan– which in doing so, she could get approved for a lower rates of interest than any other house enhancement loan for that A/C upgrade. She took my recommendations and chose to move on and was, in fact, able to reduce her loan rates of interest.
Throughout the setup, we wound up paying for Angela and her elderly mom to remain in a hotel until their upgrades and evaluations were complete to ensure they were comfy throughout the process.
Now, Angelas solar system covers 100% of the electrical energy used in her house. Thanks to the Air Conditioner upgrade, they have lowered their energy consumption significantly, and she has a flat, predictable solar payment monthly that is less than she was paying before installing solar. This is what we indicate by “consumer service.”
From a nationwide perspective, how can we enhance access to renewable enery?
From my experience, there is a vast space in gain access to. The majority of the house owners that we visit are fortunate to own a home, yet much of them have actually not received solar due to numerous combined or separated factors such as subprime credit report, lower annual home earnings, self-employment, or an absence of knowledge of available loan programs. These neighborhoods require more support and education on the importance of setting up a planetary system that can save them money. We need to provide more people with chances to embrace eco-friendly energy with less inconveniences.
How has your Accelerate subscription assisted your company?
By empowering us to believe that there is someone there to support our growth in this industry, and providing us the opportunity to fulfill others in the very same boat. Now I understand that there is wish for minority small companies in the renewable resource market.
How can prospective partners work with you?
It is crucial that we share the very same values and mission to help others, even if it implies leaving our comfort zones. It might cost a little bit more for us to do company, but its worth it in the end for our consumers. If youre ready to start there, we d enjoy to satisfy to go over possible collaboration 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 chances you have supplied. I know this is just the start, and we have a long roadway ahead of us; however, I eagerly anticipate becoming a sponsor to help lead the way for other Accelerate members in the future– with a special thanks to all of my clients and partners at SUNTEX, because they are the fuel that drives the mission!
To discover more about SUNTEX, visit https://suntexllc.com/.