By Constance ThompsonSeptember 16, 2021
In addition, even though solar energy has actually been around for a while, the basics of these tasks are not commonly taught in school. Throughout our preliminary appointment, I kept in mind that they could just attain about 56% of solar energy balanced out due to their homes intake rates and shading from trees on the home. We discussed a few additional energy effectiveness upgrades to the house to lower energy consumption, which could supply a higher energy offset. Angela at first cringed at the thought of investing more cash into the house, but ultimately she called me back and stated she wanted to move forward with the solar and energy performance upgrades. Thanks to the A/c upgrade, they have lowered their energy usage significantly, 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 installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series.
Each installation includes market leaders and subjects related to speeding up an equitable and just 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 thriving in the renewable resource sector.
What inspired you to begin SUNTEX?
As a natural-born leader, I always set high expectations for myself and always search for chances to serve others– be it by supplying remarkable client service, language translations, or merely sharing knowledge with others. My personal goals and desire to help others led me to operate in the renewable resource sector, where I can pursue this dream on a larger scale.
Inform us about SUNTEX?
Our companys objective is simple: we desire to make solar easy and budget-friendly every step of the way. We mostly serve the Hispanic community in Texas. That is what we do best– help Spanish speakers comprehend and embrace 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 chose to concentrate on solar?
Back in August of 2018, my business partner and I had the opportunity to join a really promising small solar setup company in Houston. Through this work we saw the chance offered to bring solar into our (the Hispanic) community.
Why is focusing on the Hispanic community a top priority for SUNTEX?
Number Two: in the past, we have actually personally experienced an absence of care and interaction from those that can not identify with our culture. We knew that solar benefits everyone, regardless of race or background, and that our people would require a lot of assistance to understand how to acquire this advantage for their houses.
What obstacles do you deal with? Why?
Being a small business 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 widely taught in school.
How are you making an impact through SUNTEX?
By just living up to our honest values. I have actually found out throughout my life that in business, there is no other method to do it right but to be honest. While others might take faster ways, the reality constantly prevails.
Please share with us a current business success story.
Just recently, after assisting a customer “go solar” in 2 of her houses, she referred a new customer called Angela to us. Throughout our preliminary consultation, I kept in mind that they might just achieve about 56% of solar power balanced out due to their homes consumption rates and shading from trees on the residential or commercial property. We talked about a couple of extra energy effectiveness upgrades to your home to reduce energy intake, which could offer a greater energy offset. Angela at first flinched at the thought of investing more cash into the home, however eventually she called me back and stated she wished to progress with the solar and energy performance upgrades. We finished a Home Energy Audit to see why her use was so high and discovered that her house required a bigger air conditioning system, plus extra ducts to distribute the a/c equally throughout your house. We likewise informed her that the financing partner might add the cost of that upgrade to the solar loan– and that in doing so, she could certify for a lower interest rate than any other home improvement loan for that air conditioner upgrade. She took my advice and chose to move forward and was, in fact, able to minimize her loan rates of interest.
Throughout the installation, we ended up paying for Angela and her senior mom to remain in a hotel until their upgrades and evaluations were total to ensure they were comfortable throughout the process.
Now, Angelas planetary system covers 100% of the electrical energy used in her home. Thanks to the AC upgrade, they have actually minimized their energy usage greatly, and she has a flat, foreseeable solar payment monthly that is less than she was paying prior to setting up solar. This is what we mean by “customer support.”
From a nationwide point of view, how can we improve access to eco-friendly enery?
Many of the house owners that we check out are lucky to own a house, yet numerous of them have actually not qualified for solar due to a number of combined or isolated aspects such as subprime credit rating, lower yearly household income, self-employment, or an absence of understanding of offered loan programs. We need to offer more individuals with chances to adopt sustainable energy with less troubles.
How has your Accelerate subscription helped your business?
By empowering us to think that there is someone there to support our development in this industry, and providing us the opportunity to satisfy others in the exact same boat. Now I know that there is expect minority small companies in the renewable resource industry.
How can prospective partners work with you?
It is very important that we share the same values and objective to assist others, even if it implies getting out of our convenience 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 start there, we d like to meet to talk about possible partnership opportunities.
Is there anything else you wish to show ACORE members and partners?
We are genuinely grateful for the Accelerate membership program and for all of the opportunities you have offered. I know this is only the beginning, and we have a long roadway ahead of us; nevertheless, I anticipate ending up being a sponsor to assist pave the method for other Accelerate members in the future– with an unique thanks to all of my clients and collaborators at SUNTEX, given that they are the fuel that drives the mission!
To find out more about SUNTEX, visit https://suntexllc.com/.