By Constance ThompsonSeptember 16, 2021
Additionally, even though solar energy has actually been around for a while, the basics of these tasks are not extensively taught in school. During our preliminary appointment, I noted that they could only accomplish about 56% of solar energy offset due to their houses intake rates and shading from trees on the home. We discussed a couple of additional energy efficiency upgrades to the home to reduce energy usage, which could supply a greater energy balanced out. Angela initially flinched at the thought of investing more money into the house, however eventually she called me back and said she desired to move forward with the solar and energy effectiveness upgrades. Thanks to the Air Conditioner upgrade, they have actually 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 4th installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installation includes market leaders and topics associated with accelerating a fair and simply transition to a renewable resource economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September functions highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are prospering in the sustainable energy sector.
What inspired you to begin SUNTEX?
As a natural-born leader, I always set high expectations for myself and constantly try to find chances to serve others– be it by supplying remarkable customer support, language translations, or merely sharing understanding with others. My personal goals and desire to help others led me to operate in the renewable energy sector, where I can pursue this dream on a bigger scale.
Tell us about SUNTEX?
Our companys objective is simple: we desire to make solar easy and inexpensive every step of the method. We largely serve the Hispanic neighborhood in Texas. That is what we do best– assist Spanish speakers comprehend and adopt eco-friendly energy as a method of life, assisting generations to come.
Please show us more about your journey toward establishing SUNTEX. Existed an “aha minute” when you decided to focus on solar?
Back in August of 2018, my organization partner and I had the opportunity to sign up with a very promising small solar setup company in Houston. Through this work we saw the chance readily available to bring solar into our (the Hispanic) community.
Why is focusing on the Hispanic neighborhood a top priority for SUNTEX?
Top: it is in our blood. My service partner and I are native Spanish speakers, and we can recognize well with our people and their worldview. Second: in the past, we have personally experienced a lack of care and communication from those that can not determine with our culture. We knew that solar advantages everybody, no matter race or background, and that our individuals would need a great deal of assistance to comprehend how to acquire this advantage for their homes.
What difficulties do you face? Why?
Being a small company with a high level of service expectations for our customers features its own set of challenges. However, the best obstacle we deal with is shared by a number of little businesses: turnover. Additionally, although solar power has actually been around for a while, the basics of these tasks are not widely taught in school. So, we need to spend a lot quantity of time training sales staff to make certain they have the ability to supply a high level of customer care.
How are you making an impact through SUNTEX?
By merely living up to our honest worths. I have learned throughout my life that in organization, there is no other way to do it right 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 consultation, I kept in mind that they could just achieve about 56% of solar energy offset due to their houses intake rates and shading from trees on the property. We talked about a few additional energy efficiency upgrades to the home to decrease energy consumption, which might supply a greater energy offset. Angela initially flinched at the thought of investing more money into the house, however ultimately she called me back and said she wanted to move forward with the solar and energy efficiency upgrades.
During the setup, we wound up paying for Angela and her elderly mom to remain in a hotel until their examinations and upgrades were complete to guarantee they were comfy throughout the process.
Now, Angelas planetary system covers 100% of the electrical energy utilized in her house. Thanks to the AC upgrade, they have decreased their energy consumption significantly, and she has a flat, foreseeable solar payment monthly that is less than she was paying before setting up solar. This is what we indicate by “customer support.”
From a nationwide point of view, how can we improve access to renewable enery?
Many of the homeowners that we go to are fortunate to own a home, yet numerous of them have actually not qualified for solar due to several combined or separated factors such as subprime credit rating, lower annual household earnings, self-employment, or a lack of understanding of readily available loan programs. We need to provide more people with opportunities to embrace renewable energy with fewer troubles.
How has your Accelerate membership assisted your business?
By empowering us to believe that there is somebody there to support our growth in this market, and providing us the chance to fulfill others in the exact same boat. Now I understand that there is hope for minority small companies in the sustainable energy market.
How can possible partners do service with you?
It is essential that we share the exact same values and objective to assist others, even if it implies getting out of our convenience zones. It may cost a little bit more for us to do organization, but its worth it in the end for our customers. If youre willing to begin there, we d like to meet to talk about possible collaboration opportunities.
Exists anything else you want to show ACORE members and partners?
We are really grateful for the Accelerate subscription program and for all of the opportunities you have offered. I understand this is just the beginning, and we have a long roadway ahead of us; nevertheless, I look forward to ending up being a sponsor to assist lead the way for other Accelerate members in the future– with a special thanks to all of my clients and collaborators at SUNTEX, considering that they are the fuel that drives the mission!
For more information about SUNTEX, go to https://suntexllc.com/.