2012 Tour Sites – The Final List!

The final list is done!!

You can choose any one of these sites and see it tomorrow from 10am – 4pm, (unless noted differently) for FREE! The final list will be available in print at our kickoff awards ceremony tomorrow morning at 9:30 am at Hispanics United of Buffalo – 254 Virginia St in Buffalo, NY. Please note – the last minute add ons are on the last page.

Download it here, print and go!

FINAL Solar & Green Building Tour List – Friday, October 12.

For more information online about the sites – Go to www.energysage.com  – you can search using your zip code to find the sites nearest to you!

If you have any questions, contact berniceradle@gmail.com

Thank you to our supporters, sponsors and friends for taking part in this wonderful annual event. We appreciate all of your time and efforts!

See you tomorrow!!



Highlighting A Regional Solar Asset: Montante Solar & The Riverview Solar Technology Park

Montante Solar is the brain company behind the innovative Riverview Solar Technology Park in Tonawanda. If you haven’t been there, check it out on Saturday! The Montante guys are bringing a new business model to the solar industry in WNY and proving it to be a success.

WNYSEA encourages you to check it out on Saturday, October 13th. Here is the link to their energy sage account. http://energysage.com/projects/riverview-solar-technology-park

Below is a Q&A about Montante Solar and an “about me”.


Montante Solar is a Buffalo based installer of solar energy systems on homes and businesses.  As a NYSERDA and NABCEP certified solar installer, Montante Solar specializes in the design, construction, and commissioning of solar energy systems throughout New York State.  Founded in 2009, Montante Solar is the undertaking of brothers, Daniel and Matthew Montante, from within the TM Montante Development organization.  Montante Solar is the exclusive solar installer for Riverview Solar Technology Park in Tonawanda, NY. (new Logo attached)

For more information, Contact Sandra Lister at SLister@TMMontante.com or 716-876-8899


Riverview Solar Technology Park is New York’s first Solar Ready commerce park, where commercial real estate development blends seamlessly with solar technology!

  • Demonstrates that RSTP can provide value and clean solar power to consumers of electricity at no additional cost
  • Demonstrates the architecturally aesthetic appeal of commercial solar
  • Demonstrates that solar acts as a direct business development tool (example: Unifrax made their final decision to come to RSTP based on the 100kW solar array provided)

Q: How much energy are you currently offsetting with solar in RSTP?

A: Enough energy to power about 30 homes.  This is the equivalent of taking 535 cars off the road, OR Not importing 6,300 barrels of oil, OR planting 580 acres of forest!

Q: What are your future solar plans for RSTP?

A: We will dedicate underutilized land banks to large scale solar to accommodate current & future tenants

Q: What do you say to people that don’t think Solar can work in Buffalo? / What about all the snow in Buffalo?

A: Solar works in Buffalo BECAUSE of the cold weather.  (data centers locate here because cold plays well with technology)

We get more average annual sun hours here in Buffalo than in Germany – the world’s largest end market for solar.

For more information, Contact Sandra Lister at SLister@TMMontante.com or 716-876-8899

Kickoff Awards Ceremony Information 10/13/12 || Hispanics United of Buffalo || 9:30am || Free!

WNYSEA will be holding the kickoff awards celebration for the annual Solar & Green Building Tour at 9:30am on October 13th at Hispanics United of Buffalo. The address is 254 Virginia St on Buffalo’s West Side.

Hispanics United of Buffalo continues to pour information, outreach, care and love into their community through a variety of initiatives. WNYSEA is proud of Hispanics United of Buffalo for their support and dedication towards energy efficiency and renewable technology. Currently there is a large solar array on the top of their headquarters, you can see if you cross the street. It always bring a smile to our faces to see the excitement from people walking by who notice the array.

Come to the kickoff and check out this community asset. Refreshments, awards and prizes will be given. If you are interested in attending the Solar & Green Building Tour, you can get the entire list of sites here: http://www.energysage.com. Go to “green building open house” and search the sites by zipcode. You will see over 25 sites across the region that show off solar, geothermal, energy efficiency, historic building reuse and more. The event is one day only on October 13th, 2012 and it is free and open to the public. No registration is required! For the official press release click here: 2012 Tour Official Press Release

See you on October 13th!


Hispanics United of Buffalo’s Solar Array.

Highlighting Our Sponsors: Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect

Today we would like to post a big THANK YOU to our sponsors. Many have donated time and materials to help make this event bigger and better than ever.

This post is to highlight Joy. She has done so much for us in the past year – we love working with her and her team. Joy is a landscape architect and a big advocate for “play”. She  coined the term Pop Up Park! and her pop up park was a true success. Check out her website: http://www.jklastudio.com/ Thanks for being a sponsor, Joy!

Here is what JKLA is all about.

 The Main Goals
  • To have a positive impact on the quality of life for people through sensitive, responsible and sustainable designs for the outdoors. We excel at creating specialized environments for health and learning.
  • To promote the use of place-based or community-based design methods in landscape architecture in order to build upon existing culture and natural systems.
  • To focus on the human experience of the landscape, by integrating architecture and assets of the outdoor environment, to create unique and inspiring spaces.

Our Markets

Our diverse markets provide the knowledge and experience to provide the best solutions to our clients.

  • Corporate
  • Campus
  • Communty
  • K-12 Schools
  • Residential

Our Dedication to the Community

We are dedicated to improving the community around us by coordinating and sponsoring local services projects.

  • Lt. Col. Matt Urban Community Center – Buffalo, NY
  • Junior League of Buffalo Decorator’s Showhouse – Buffalo, NY
  • ABC TV’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition – Buffalo, NY
  • Pop Up Park – Buffalo, NY
  • Ryan A. Bertini Memorial Meditation Garden – North Tonawanda, NY
  • Cloverbank Elementary School – Hamburg, NY

Our Respect for the Environment

We design every project with sustainability in mind illustrated in the projects listed below.

  • Niagara University Academic Complex Building at Perboyer Hall – Lewiston, NY
  • Buffalo Public School 305 – McKinley High School – Buffalo, NY
  • ABC TV’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition – Buffalo, NY
  • JKLA Office Green Roof – Buffalo, NY

JKLA is a certified WBE and DBE full service Landscape Architectural firm.

Official Press Release: Solar & Green Building Tour of WNY || Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 10am – 4pm.

Event News from WNYSEA – WNY Sustainable Energy Association

Contact: Bernice Radle
Co-Chair WNYSEA 2012 Tour
445 Breckenridge St, Buffalo, NY 14213

For Immediate Release                                                                            

September 24, 2012

Solar & Green Building Tour of WNY

Buffalo, NY, On Saturday, October 13, 2012, over 1500 people from across WNY will experience the Solar & Green Building Tour, an annual event held by the Western New York Sustainable Energy Association (WNYSEA). With over 25 sites open across the region, for one day only, attendees will have an opportunity to learn about solar, geothermal, energy efficiency, net zero, green roofs, LEED buildings and reuse of historic structures. This event is not a traditional tour, it is an open house. All sites are open on October 13, 2012 from 10am – 4pm unless noted otherwise. The event is free, open to the public and no registration is required.  A full list of sites is available at www.wnysea.com.

“Last year we had the largest tour in all of New York State, and this year we plan to go even bigger says Bernice Radle, Co-chair of the 2012 tour. We have confirmed the NFTA Bus Shelter Green Roof, the UB Solar Strand, CIR Electric’s moving solar array that moves to optimize sunlight, Singer Farm Naturals in Wilson and so many others.  This is a great opportunity to learn from the folks who live with these technologies every day, not from a sales person trying to convince you to buy in. The Solar and Green Building Tour is an event that educates, informs and inspires.”

WNYSEA will be kicking off the annual event with an awards ceremony at 9:30a.m, on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Hispanics United of Buffalo – 254 Virginia Street on Buffalo’s West Side. WNYSEA will give its annual leader ship award to both the University at Buffalo and Hispanics United for their efforts in promoting renewable technologies in our region. The public is welcome to attend.

For the complete list of sites, go to www.wnysea.com or contact Bernice Radle at berniceradle@gmail.com .

The Western New York Sustainable Energy Association is a non profit 501c3 organization which promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy technologies through exhibits, speakers, programs and events across Western New York.    The WNYSEA Tour of Solar Homes and Green Buildings is organized in conjunction with the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s Green Buildings Open House, and the American Solar Energy Association’s National Solar Tour, the world’s largest grass roots solar event.  

The 2012 event celebrates the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, and National Energy Awareness Month. 

2012 Tour Posters

We have created two tour posters for the 2012 Solar & Green Building Tour.

One has lots of info, the other with minimal info. If you would like to put posters up in your area, let us know – we can send you the file for printing! Email us @ wnysea@gmail.com. Lastly, the official facebook event is here. Sign up!

Sign Up Your Green Building for the Tour!

The WNY Sustainable Energy Association (WNYSEA) is preparing for the annual Solar & Green Building Open House  tour, which is slated for Saturday, October 13th, 2012. The organization is currently looking for homes and other buildings to be on the tour, so if you own a building that has some environmentally friendly, “green” features consider showing it off for the tour. By signing up to be a tour site, you have the ability to educate interested people about your green features. WNYSEA is looking for solar, geothermal, green building, energy efficiency, LEED, green roofs, passive solar, net zero, bale on bale construction and more. For more information and to sign up, click the link here.

About the tour: The self-guided tour is free and open to the public from 10am to 4pm on 10/13/12. Once all the buildings and sites have been identified, WNYSEA will compile a list of addresses and make the information available to the public. There is no sign up to attend the tour, you go at your own pace and see what you want to see. This way if there is a specific place or element you are most interested in, you can be sure to see it.

Green Building Open House is a tour across the Northeast that is promoted by the parent organization, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NSEA) and happens for one day only. It’s all about education and getting the experience from accomplished building owners so that more people can integrate similar features in their own buildings.

Last year there were forty-five sites across Erie and Niagara Counties, which was the largest tour in New York State. For more information email wnysea@gmail.com or go to www.wnysea.com.