By Constance ThompsonSeptember 16, 2021
Additionally, even though solar energy has actually been around for a while, the essentials of these jobs are not widely taught in school. During our initial visit, I noted that they might only attain about 56% of solar energy offset due to their houses usage rates and shading from trees on the residential or commercial property. We talked about a few extra energy effectiveness upgrades to the home to lower energy consumption, which might provide a higher energy offset. Angela initially cringed at the idea of investing more money into the house, however eventually she called me back and said she wanted to move forward with the solar and energy efficiency upgrades. Thanks to the A/c upgrade, they have actually reduced their energy consumption greatly, 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 delighted to share the 4th installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series.
Each installment includes industry leaders and topics related to accelerating a fair and simply shift to a renewable energy economy. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our September functions highlight how 3 Hispanic-owned Accelerate member companies are flourishing in the renewable energy sector.
What inspired you to begin SUNTEX?
As a natural-born leader, I always set high expectations for myself and constantly look for chances to serve others– be it by providing exceptional customer service, language translations, or simply sharing knowledge with others. My personal goals and desire to assist others led me to work in the renewable resource sector, where I can pursue this dream on a bigger scale.
Inform us about SUNTEX?
Our businesss mission is basic: we wish to make solar easy and economical 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 renewable resource as a lifestyle, assisting generations to come.
Please share with us more about your journey toward establishing SUNTEX. Existed an “aha moment” when you chose to concentrate on solar?
Back in August of 2018, my company partner and I had the opportunity to join an extremely appealing little solar installation business in Houston. Through this work we saw the chance offered to bring solar into our (the Hispanic) community. As an outcome, my partner and I integrated his experience in offering to the Hispanic market with my consumer service proficiency to produce SUNTEX where “the customer is the factor we exist as a business”. Our focus is linking the Hispanic neighborhood and our clients with outstanding client service.
Why is focusing on the Hispanic community a priority for SUNTEX?
Primary: it remains in our blood. My company partner and I are native Spanish speakers, and we can recognize well with our individuals and their worldview. Number Two: in the past, we have personally experienced a lack of care and interaction from those that can not determine with our culture. We understood that solar advantages everybody, regardless of race or background, which our people would require a lot of support to understand how to obtain this advantage for their homes.
What difficulties do you face? Why?
Being a little business with a high level of service expectations for our consumers comes with its own set of challenges. Furthermore, even though solar energy has been around for a while, the fundamentals of these tasks are not commonly taught in school.
How are you making an effect through SUNTEX?
By merely measuring up to our sincere worths. I have learned throughout my life that in organization, there is no other way to do it best however to be sincere. While others might take shortcuts, the fact always prevails.
Please show us a recent company success story.
Throughout our preliminary visit, I kept in mind that they might just accomplish about 56% of solar energy balanced out due to their houses consumption rates and shading from trees on the home. We went over a few additional energy performance upgrades to the home to decrease energy usage, which could provide a higher energy balanced out. Angela at first cringed at the thought of investing more cash into the house, but eventually she called me back and said she desired to move forward with the solar and energy efficiency upgrades.
Throughout the setup, we ended up paying for Angela and her senior mother to stay in a hotel till their upgrades and inspections were complete to guarantee they were comfortable throughout the process.
Now, Angelas solar system covers 100% of the electrical energy used in her home. Thanks to the a/c upgrade, they have lowered their energy consumption considerably, and she has a flat, foreseeable solar payment monthly that is less than she was paying before installing solar. This is what we suggest by “client service.”
From a national point of view, how can we enhance access to renewable enery?
Many of the homeowners that we check out are fortunate to own a home, yet many of them have actually not qualified for solar due to a number of combined or isolated aspects such as subprime credit score, lower annual household income, self-employment, or a lack of understanding of offered loan programs. We require to supply more people with chances to adopt eco-friendly energy with less hassles.
How has your Accelerate membership helped your company?
By empowering us to believe that there is someone there to support our development in this market, and providing us the chance to fulfill others in the exact same boat. Now I know that there is expect minority small services in the renewable energy market.
How can possible partners do service 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 consumers. If youre ready to begin there, we d enjoy to meet to go over possible collaboration opportunities.
Is there anything else you want to share with ACORE members and partners?
We are truly grateful for the Accelerate subscription program and for all of the chances you have actually provided. I know this is just the beginning, and we have a long road ahead of us; nevertheless, I anticipate becoming a sponsor to help lead the way for other Accelerate members in the future– with an unique thanks to all of my consumers and partners at SUNTEX, because they are the fuel that drives the objective!
To learn more about SUNTEX, see https://suntexllc.com/.