By Constance ThompsonSeptember 16, 2021
In addition, even though solar energy has actually been around for a while, the basics of these jobs are not extensively taught in school. During our preliminary visit, I noted that they might only attain about 56% of solar energy offset due to their houses intake rates and shading from trees on the home. We talked about a few additional energy efficiency upgrades to the home to lower energy consumption, which might provide a higher energy offset. Angela at first cringed at the idea of investing more money into the home, but eventually she called me back and said she wanted to move forward with the solar and energy effectiveness upgrades. Thanks to the Air Conditioner upgrade, they have minimized their energy usage considerably, 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 series.
Each installment includes market leaders and subjects associated with accelerating a fair and just transition to a renewable resource economy. In acknowledgment of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how three 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 constantly search for chances to serve others– be it by supplying extraordinary customer support, language translations, or just sharing knowledge with others. My personal objectives and desire to help others led me to operate in the renewable resource sector, where I can pursue this dream on a larger scale.
Tell us about SUNTEX?
Our companys mission is easy: we want to make solar easy and budget-friendly every step of the way. We mainly serve the Hispanic neighborhood in Texas. That is what we do best– help Spanish speakers comprehend and embrace renewable energy as a way of life, helping generations to come.
Please share with us more about your journey toward establishing SUNTEX. Was there an “aha moment” when you chose to concentrate on solar?
Back in August of 2018, my organization partner and I had the chance to sign up with a really promising small solar installation company in Houston. Through this work we saw the chance available to bring solar into our (the Hispanic) community.
Why is focusing 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 everybody, regardless of race or background, and that our individuals would require a lot of support to comprehend how to acquire this advantage for their houses.
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 difficulties. Additionally, even though solar energy has actually been around for a while, the fundamentals of these jobs are not commonly taught in school.
How are you making an impact through SUNTEX?
By just measuring up to our honest worths. I have learned throughout my life that in service, there is no other method to do it ideal but to be sincere. While others might take shortcuts, the fact always dominates.
Please share with us a current company success story.
Recently, after assisting a customer “go solar” in two of her houses, she referred a new customer called Angela to us. During our initial consultation, I noted that they could only accomplish about 56% of solar power balanced out due to their homes intake rates and shading from trees on the residential or commercial property. We discussed a couple of additional energy effectiveness upgrades to your home to minimize energy intake, which might provide a higher energy offset. 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 performance upgrades. We finished a Home Energy Audit to see why her use was so high and found that her house needed a bigger A/C unit, plus additional ducts to distribute the A/C uniformly throughout your house. We likewise informed her that the financing partner could include the expense of that upgrade to the solar loan– and that in doing so, she could receive a lower interest rate than any other house improvement loan for that A/C upgrade. She took my recommendations and chose to move on and was, in reality, able to minimize her loan rate of interest.
Throughout the installation, we wound up spending for Angela and her senior mother to remain in a hotel till their examinations and upgrades were total to guarantee they were comfy throughout the process.
Now, Angelas planetary system covers 100% of the electrical energy used in her home. Thanks to the AC upgrade, they have minimized their energy intake considerably, and she has a flat, foreseeable solar payment every month that is less than she was paying prior to setting up solar. This is what we imply by “consumer service.”
From a nationwide viewpoint, how can we improve access to sustainable enery?
Most of the house owners that we visit are fortunate to own a home, yet numerous of them have actually not certified for solar due to several combined or separated elements such as subprime credit rating, lower yearly household earnings, self-employment, or an absence of understanding of readily available loan programs. We need to provide more individuals with opportunities to embrace renewable energy with less troubles.
How has your Accelerate subscription helped your business?
By empowering us to believe that there is someone there to support our growth in this market, and providing us the chance to satisfy others in the very same boat. Now I understand that there is expect minority small companies in the renewable resource industry.
How can possible partners do company with you?
It is very important that we share the very same values and objective to help others, even if it suggests leaving our convenience zones. It may cost a bit more for us to do organization, however its worth it in the end for our consumers. We d love to meet to go over possible partnership chances if youre willing to start there.
Exists anything else you would like to share with ACORE members and partners?
We are really grateful for the Accelerate membership program and for all of the opportunities you have offered. I know this is just the start, and we have a long road ahead of us; nevertheless, I eagerly anticipate becoming a sponsor to help pave the way for other Accelerate members in the future– with an unique thanks to all of my clients and collaborators at SUNTEX, since they are the fuel that drives the mission!
To find out more about SUNTEX, check out https://suntexllc.com/.