Emergency Generators in Eco-village

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I live in an off-grid community outside of the US with an HOA which is legally established in Florida. We all have solar power and most of us have emergency generators. Our solar systems are not as large as you would see in the states. Not big enough to run a/c units for any length of time. The CCRs state that we are allowed to run the generator in an emergency. We have neighbors though that run their ceiling fans and dehumidifiers to the point where they run out of power and their generators come. I complained because those, in my mind, are not emergencies. The board replied that they haven't spelled out in the CCRs what constitutes an emergency, so now the neighbors can run their generators all they want. Is there a rule as to what can be considered an emergency?

You would need to follow proper procedure to define emergency in your bylaws. This is likely to involve holding a meeting, and having the board or community vote on it.

I'm with @Andrew B. . "Emergency" is too open-ended a word. You either need to vote to amend your covenants (not bylaws) to a more specific explanation of what is allowed OR your board can create a "policy" that further defines and explains generator use and when it is allowed and what happens to persons who violate the policy. 

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