Re: Dear Cohousing Community
From: Elizabeth Magill (
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2021 11:41:44 -0800 (PST)
Oddly enough we have a two-burner electric stovey-thing next to your
gas stove in the common house. It is what is attached to the generator
for use in power outages.
It was not feasible to attach our *hood* to the generator so we can't
turn on the gas stove. Not as in "not allowed" but more like

Someone with more knowledge of generators would have to explain why
this is true.
Mosaic Commons in Berlin, MA

On Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 1:58 PM Jim Bronson <jimbronsonashland [at]> 
> River Song plans to start construction in May.  Now we are grappling with
> some design questions.  I expect that we will decide to be an all-electric
> community (or, at most, have a gas cooktop in the Community House in case
> of power outage).
> Our Design Team would love to have the benefit of others in considering the
> following:
> 1) Do we have an electric meter on each of our 28 units, or an electric
> meter only on each of our seven buildings, or have only one electric meter
> for the community and parcel out charges based on square footage of
> individual units through the HOA?
> 2) Do we have solar.with battery backup, for a start, on the Community
> House (possibly using financing where a third party pays for the
> installation and is compensated over time through selling power to us and
> the grid)?
> Anybody have helpful experience/advice/suggestions?  Thanks so much
> for your help.
> Jim Bronson
> River Song Cohousing
> Eugene, Oregon
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(The Rev. Dr.) Elizabeth Mae Magill
Pastor, Ashburnham Community Church
Minister to the Affiliates, Ecclesia Ministries

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