By Constance ThompsonSeptember 16, 2021
Furthermore, even though solar energy has actually been around for a while, the basics of these jobs are not extensively taught in school. During our initial consultation, I noted that they might just accomplish about 56% of solar energy offset due to their homes intake rates and shading from trees on the home. We went over a few extra energy effectiveness upgrades to the house to minimize energy consumption, which could offer a higher energy balanced out. Angela initially cringed at the thought of investing more cash into the house, however ultimately she called me back and stated she wanted to move forward with the solar and energy efficiency upgrades. Thanks to the A/c upgrade, they have actually reduced their energy intake considerably, and she has a flat, foreseeable solar payment each month that is less than she was paying prior to installing solar.
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is delighted to share the fourth installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installation features industry leaders and topics associated with speeding up a fair and simply transition to a renewable resource economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September features highlight how three Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are growing in the sustainable energy sector.
What inspired you to start SUNTEX?
As a natural-born leader, I constantly set high expectations for myself and always try to find opportunities to serve others– be it by offering remarkable customer care, language translations, or simply sharing knowledge with others. My individual goals and desire to help others led me to work in the renewable energy sector, where I can pursue this dream on a larger scale.
Inform us about SUNTEX?
Our companys objective is simple: we wish to make solar easy and inexpensive every action of the way. We mainly serve the Hispanic neighborhood in Texas. That is what we do best– help Spanish speakers understand and embrace renewable energy as a lifestyle, helping generations to come.
Please show us more about your journey toward developing SUNTEX. Was there an “aha moment” when you chose to focus on solar?
Back in August of 2018, my business partner and I had the chance to sign up with a really appealing small solar installation company in Houston. Through this work we saw the chance offered to bring solar into our (the Hispanic) neighborhood.
Why is concentrating on the Hispanic community a priority for SUNTEX?
Top: it remains in our blood. My business partner and I are native Spanish speakers, and we can identify well with our people and their worldview. Second: in the past, we have personally experienced an absence of care and communication from those that can not recognize with our culture. We knew that solar benefits everyone, no matter race or background, which our people would require a lot of support to comprehend 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 customers comes with its own set of difficulties. The greatest challenge we face is shared by a number of little companies: turnover. In addition, even though solar power has been around for a while, the fundamentals of these tasks are not extensively taught in school. We have to invest a lot amount of time training sales personnel to make sure they are able to supply a high level of client service.
How are you making an effect through SUNTEX?
By simply living up to our honest values. I have actually learned throughout my life that in organization, there is no other way to do it right but to be truthful. While others might take faster ways, the truth constantly prevails.
Please share with us a current business success story.
During our initial consultation, I noted that they might just accomplish 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 few additional energy effectiveness upgrades to the house to reduce energy intake, which might offer a greater energy offset. Angela initially cringed at the idea of investing more cash into the home, but eventually she called me back and said she desired to move forward with the solar and energy performance upgrades.
Throughout the setup, we ended up paying for Angela and her elderly mom to remain in a hotel until their assessments and upgrades were total to ensure they were comfortable throughout the procedure.
Now, Angelas solar system covers 100% of the electrical power used in her house. Thanks to the AC upgrade, they have lowered their energy intake significantly, 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 “customer care.”
From a nationwide perspective, how can we enhance access to eco-friendly enery?
Many of the property owners that we go to are fortunate to own a home, yet many of them have actually not certified for solar due to numerous combined or separated elements such as subprime credit score, lower annual family income, self-employment, or an absence of understanding of readily available loan programs. We need to supply more individuals with opportunities to adopt eco-friendly energy with less troubles.
How has your Accelerate subscription helped your service?
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 exact same boat. Now I know that there is hope for minority little businesses in the renewable resource market.
How can possible partners do service with you?
It is necessary that we share the exact same worths and mission to assist others, even if it suggests leaving our comfort zones. It might cost a little more for us to do service, but its worth it in the end for our clients. We d like to satisfy to discuss possible collaboration chances if youre prepared to start there.
Is there 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 provided. I know this is only the start, and we have a long roadway ahead of us; nevertheless, I look forward to becoming a sponsor to assist lead the way for other Accelerate members in the future– with an unique thanks to all of my clients and partners at SUNTEX, because they are the fuel that drives the mission!
To learn more about SUNTEX, check out https://suntexllc.com/.