It was a chance to get a peek at some local homes — and other sorts of places — with solar energy and other types of environmentally friendly outfitting.
The Solar Tour of Homes and Green Buildings took place on Saturday at locations in the city as well as in the suburbs and as far away as Lockport.
When it comes to solar and other green technologies in Western New York, organizers of the daylong event said, there is a lot to see.
“We’re now a former Rust Belt city,” said Marika Woods-Frankenstein, program committee chair of the Western New York Sustainable Energy Association. “We’re turning into an emerald city.”
The annual event is in its 16th year, organizers said.
Sites included on the 2014 slate included homes on West Ferry Street and in Williamsville, as well as in Lockport. Other venues included Tapestry Charter School.
Joan Bozer, who with her husband, John, talked to about a dozen people about the solar panels on their city home, said the event is a good educational opportunity.
“My house has been on the tour since 2008,” said Bozer, who co-founded the energy association.
“I tell people that we have solar panels on the roof — this is the time to move our society off of fossil fuel dependence to renewable energy,” said Bozer.
“One thing we can do is make our homes extremely energy-efficient,” Bozer said.
The event included an opening session held in the Innovation Center on Ellicott Street.
Maria Fritz, a freshman at the University at Buffalo and a student in the Honors College at UB, said that taking part in the event was a learning experience.
“I learned a lot,” said Fritz, who helped out with the event as part of her role in the Honors program. “I actually didn’t know there were so many groups in Buffalo that worked with the environment.”
Fritz said that she plans to keep what she learned from the solar event in mind.
“I want to be more conscious about it,” she said. “Make people more aware of it.”