Re: Middle townhouse units and per-unit solar power
From: Elizabeth Magill (
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 14:36:03 -0700 (PDT)
Yeah, I live at Mosaic with Bob, and our HOA specifically *allows* solar—but 
all changes, such as solar, require agreement from your entire building. I’m 
also in a middle unit, but my neighbors gave the ok.

Which certainly at the time we agreed to that seemed like a wise requirement.

(The Rev.) Elizabeth M. Magill

> On Jul 18, 2016, at 5:30 PM, Bob Leigh <bobleigh [at]> wrote:
> I seem to remember that Massachusetts, and some other states, has a law
> which specifically invalidates any HOA by-laws which "forbid or
> unreasonably restrict" installation of solar panels.  (Google shows it
> as Chapter
> 184, Section 23C.)
> But it's not very clear how to apply that to installing utility boxes on
> the walls of _other_ units.
> Cornerstone installed solar in the summer of 2015, but it was
> community-wide project, with panels on all of our buildings and with
> installation costs covered out of common funds.  So we avoided the per-unit
> issue completely.
> Bob Leigh
> Cornerstone Village Cohousing
> Cambridge, MA
> On Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 11:38 AM, Bob Morrison via Cohousing-L <
> cohousing-l [at]> wrote:
>>  You didn't miss a discussion on the list about per-unit solar. Here at
>> Mosaic Commons the HOA owns the unit roofs, but a unit owner can put in
>> their own solar power systems, and two have.
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