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 500 communities are recognized by SolSmart across the US including 47 in Minnesota. In 2017, the City applied to be certified through SolSmart, receiving Bronze designation. In 2021, the City achieved SolSmart Silver and SolSmart Gold in 2023. 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.

2023 City Council with the SolSmart Gold plaque


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.

MN Solar Suitability

Google Project Sunroof


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

Xcel Energy: Residential Programs & Rebates; Business Programs & Rebates

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