Within its Zoning Chapter, the Town of Bedford includes solar panels in its Accessory buildings or structures section, § 125-27. Bedford lists solar energy collectors and studios as an accessory structure permitted in all districts, subject to a list of requirements including floor area minimums and maximums, height maximums, and ground floor area measurements. § 125-27, however, does not specify requirements for solar energy systems individually.
Bedford created the Bedford Energy Task Force to help the Bedford 2020 Coalition accomplish their goal of reducing Bedford’s greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020. The Energy Task Force seeks changes to Bedford’s land use and other regulations that will make it easier to install solar energy systems on residential and commercial properties.