By Constance ThompsonSeptember 16, 2021
In addition, even though solar energy has actually been around for a while, the essentials of these tasks are not extensively taught in school. During our initial appointment, I kept in mind that they could only accomplish about 56% of solar energy offset due to their houses consumption rates and shading from trees on the home. We went over a few extra energy efficiency upgrades to the home to decrease energy consumption, which might offer a higher energy offset. Angela at first winced at the thought of investing more money into the house, however eventually she called me back and stated she wanted to move forward with the solar and energy performance upgrades. Thanks to the AC upgrade, they have reduced their energy intake considerably, and she has a flat, predictable solar payment each month that is less than she was paying prior to installing solar.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is pleased to share the fourth installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installation features industry leaders and subjects related to accelerating a fair and simply transition to a renewable resource economy. In acknowledgment of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are thriving in the renewable resource sector.
What inspired you to start SUNTEX?
As a natural-born leader, I always set high expectations for myself and constantly search for chances to serve others– be it by supplying extraordinary customer care, language translations, or merely sharing understanding with others. My personal objectives and desire to assist others led me to operate in the eco-friendly energy sector, where I can pursue this dream on a bigger scale.
Tell us about SUNTEX?
Our companys mission is basic: we wish to make solar simple and affordable every step of the method. We mainly serve the Hispanic community in Texas. That is what we do best– help Spanish speakers understand and adopt sustainable energy as a lifestyle, helping generations to come.
Please share with us more about your journey towards developing SUNTEX. Existed an “aha minute” when you decided to concentrate on solar?
Back in August of 2018, my service partner and I had the chance to sign up with an extremely promising small solar installation company in Houston. Through this work we saw the chance available to bring solar into our (the Hispanic) neighborhood. As a result, my partner and I combined his experience in offering to the Hispanic market with my client service know-how to create SUNTEX where “the consumer is the reason we exist as a company”. Our focus is linking the Hispanic community and our clients with excellent customer care.
Why is concentrating on the Hispanic community a top priority for SUNTEX?
Number One: it is in our blood. My service partner and I are native Spanish speakers, and we can identify well with our individuals and their worldview. Number Two: in the past, we have 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 individuals would need a lot of support to understand how to acquire this benefit for their houses.
What obstacles do you face? Why?
Being a small business with a high level of service expectations for our clients comes with its own set of obstacles. In addition, even though solar energy has actually been around for a while, the basics of these tasks are not commonly taught in school.
How are you making an effect through SUNTEX?
By simply living up to our honest worths. I have actually found out throughout my life that in organization, there is no other way to do it ideal however to be honest. While others may take faster ways, the reality always prevails.
Please share with us a current company success story.
During our initial appointment, I noted that they might just achieve about 56% of solar energy balanced out due to their houses intake rates and shading from trees on the residential or commercial property. We went over a couple of extra energy effectiveness upgrades to the house to reduce energy consumption, which could supply a greater energy balanced out. Angela initially flinched at the thought of investing more cash into the house, but eventually she called me back and said she wanted to move forward with the solar and energy effectiveness upgrades.
Throughout the setup, we ended up spending for Angela and her senior mom to remain in a hotel till their evaluations and upgrades were total to guarantee they were comfortable throughout the procedure.
Now, Angelas planetary system covers 100% of the electricity utilized in her house. Thanks to the AC upgrade, they have actually lowered their energy usage considerably, and she has a flat, predictable solar payment monthly that is less than she was paying before installing solar. This is what we mean by “customer support.”
From a nationwide viewpoint, how can we improve access to eco-friendly enery?
From my experience, there is a vast gap in access. The majority of the house owners that we check out are lucky to own a home, yet a lot of them have actually not certified for solar due to a number of combined or isolated factors such as subprime credit report, lower yearly home earnings, self-employment, or a lack of knowledge of available loan programs. These neighborhoods need more assistance and education on the significance of installing a solar system that can save them cash. We need to supply more people with chances to embrace renewable resource with less hassles.
How has your Accelerate subscription assisted your organization?
By empowering us to think that there is someone there to support our growth in this market, and giving us the opportunity to fulfill others in the very same boat. Now I know that there is expect minority small organizations in the renewable resource market.
How can possible partners do business with you?
It is essential that we share the very same worths and objective to help others, even if it indicates getting out of our comfort zones. It may 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 meet to go over possible collaboration chances.
Exists anything else you wish to share with ACORE members and partners?
We are truly grateful for the Accelerate subscription program and for all of the opportunities you have supplied. I know this is only the start, and we have a long road ahead of us; nevertheless, I look forward to becoming a sponsor to help lead the way for other Accelerate members in the future– with an unique thanks to all of my customers and collaborators at SUNTEX, because they are the fuel that drives the mission!
For more information about SUNTEX, see https://suntexllc.com/.