By Constance ThompsonSeptember 16, 2021
Furthermore, even though solar energy has been around for a while, the fundamentals of these jobs are not extensively taught in school. Throughout our preliminary appointment, I noted that they could only achieve about 56% of solar energy offset due to their houses consumption rates and shading from trees on the home. We discussed a couple of extra energy efficiency upgrades to the home to reduce energy usage, which might offer a greater energy balanced out. Angela initially cringed at the idea 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 effectiveness upgrades. Thanks to the Air conditioner upgrade, they have decreased their energy consumption greatly, and she has a flat, predictable solar payment each month that is less than she was paying before setting up solar.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is pleased to share the 4th installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installation features industry leaders and topics related to accelerating an equitable and simply shift to a renewable energy economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September functions highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are flourishing 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 try to find chances to serve others– be it by providing exceptional client service, language translations, or just sharing knowledge with others. My individual objectives and desire to help others led me to work in the eco-friendly energy sector, where I can pursue this dream on a bigger scale.
Inform us about SUNTEX?
Our businesss objective is easy: we want to make solar simple and budget-friendly every step of the method. We largely serve the Hispanic community in Texas. That is what we do best– help Spanish speakers understand and embrace renewable resource as a way of living, helping generations to come.
Please show us more about your journey towards establishing SUNTEX. Existed an “aha minute” when you decided to focus on solar?
Back in August of 2018, my company partner and I had the chance to join a very promising little solar installation business in Houston. Through this work we saw the opportunity available to bring solar into our (the Hispanic) neighborhood.
Why is concentrating on the Hispanic neighborhood a top priority for SUNTEX?
Number Two: in the past, we have actually personally experienced a lack of care and interaction 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 require a lot of support to comprehend how to acquire this advantage for their houses.
What obstacles do you face? Why?
Being a small company with a high level of service expectations for our customers comes with its own set of obstacles. Additionally, even though solar energy has actually been around for a while, the essentials of these tasks are not commonly 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 business, there is no other way to do it right however to be honest. While others might take shortcuts, the reality constantly dominates.
Please share with us a recent business success story.
Throughout our preliminary consultation, I noted that they might just attain about 56% of solar energy offset due to their homes consumption rates and shading from trees on the property. We went over a few additional energy efficiency upgrades to the home to minimize energy consumption, which could provide a greater energy offset. Angela initially winced at the idea of investing more cash into the house, however ultimately she called me back and said she wanted to move forward with the solar and energy effectiveness upgrades.
Throughout the installation, we wound up spending for Angela and her senior mother to remain in a hotel until their assessments and upgrades were total to guarantee they were comfortable throughout the procedure.
Now, Angelas solar system covers 100% of the electricity used in her house. Thanks to the air conditioner upgrade, they have reduced their energy consumption greatly, and she has a flat, predictable solar payment each month that is less than she was paying prior to setting up solar. This is what we suggest by “consumer service.”
From a national point of view, how can we improve access to eco-friendly enery?
Many of the homeowners that we visit are lucky to own a home, yet numerous of them have not qualified for solar due to several combined or isolated elements such as subprime credit rating, lower yearly home earnings, self-employment, or a lack of knowledge of offered loan programs. We require to supply more individuals with opportunities to embrace eco-friendly energy with less troubles.
How has your Accelerate membership assisted your service?
By empowering us to think that there is somebody there to support our growth in this market, and giving us the opportunity to satisfy others in the exact same boat. Now I know that there is wish for minority small companies in the renewable resource market.
How can possible partners do company with you?
It is essential that we share the exact same worths and objective to help others, even if it implies leaving our comfort zones. It may cost a little bit more for us to do company, but its worth it in the end for our customers. If youre ready to begin there, we d like to meet to talk about possible cooperation opportunities.
Is there anything else you want to share with ACORE members and partners?
We are genuinely grateful for the Accelerate membership program and for all of the opportunities you have provided. I understand this is only the beginning, and we have a long roadway ahead of us; however, I anticipate becoming a sponsor to assist pave the way for other Accelerate members in the future– with a special thanks to all of my customers and partners at SUNTEX, since they are the fuel that drives the mission!
To read more about SUNTEX, go to https://suntexllc.com/.