The City of Jordan is a community rich in natural amenities and encourages its residents to pursue sustainable choices. As a Green Step City participant, Jordan has taken steps to reduce its energy footprint, encourage clean energy and promote green initiatives throughout the city.
Solar energy can be used to generate electricity, provide hot water, and to heat, cool, and light buildings. Interested in exploring the possibility of solar for your home or business? The resources below should help you to understand the potential of solar and the options available to you.
The city has received national recognition from the SolSmart program for addressing local barriers to solar energy and for making it “faster, easier, and more affordable to go solar.” The program provides free technical assistance for cities, counties, and regional organizations to be “open for solar” and in recognition, communities can achieve Bronze, Silver, and Gold designation. Over 400 communities are recognized by SolSmart across the US including 39 in Minnesota. In 2017, the City applied to be certified through SolSmart, receiving Bronze designation. In 2021, the City achieved SolSmart Silver. Rooftop solar installations are allowed by-right in all zoning districts, to encourage solar energy. The City has taken steps to remove restrictive zoning requirements, attended trainings on solar permitting and inspections, and created a permitting checklist to streamline the process. Learn more about Jordan’s SolSmart commitment here.
It is now easier for residents and businesses to choose solar energy. This Permit Checklist walks you through the process of applying for a solar permit. Please submit this checklist detailing the required materials and the Building Permit application.
Solar Suitability Map
Is your home or business suitable for solar? These resources are helpful in determining the most efficient and cost-effective spot for solar.
Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy: Incentives for Renewables and Energy Efficiency
Community Energy Resource Teams: Community Solar Garden Resources
Center for Energy and Environment: Financing Resources
MN Commercial Property-Assessed Clean Energy: PACE Program
MN Department of Commerce: Solar Industry
Find an Installer
Clean Energy Project Builder: Find Companies, Explore Installations, See Solar Gardens, Get Resources
MN Department of Commerce: Solar Industry Resources
Solar Energy Industry Association (SEAI): Consumer Protection
MnSEIA (MN Solar Energy Industries Association): Find a Local Installer
Solar United Neighbors – Minnesota: Consumer Education and Group Purchase Assistance
Contact the Planning Department at (952) 492-2535