Sustainable Eden Prairie is an ongoing effort focusing on education and implementation of sustainable practices to protect the environment and natural resources our community enjoys.
Building upon the success of the 20-40-15 initiative, the City is leading by example and providing a foundation for residents and businesses to carry out sustainable practices in four areas — energy, landscape, waste and water.
City Designated “SolSmart Gold” for Advancing Solar Energy Growth
Eden Prairie encourages local homes and businesses to obtain affordable, clean and reliable electricity through solar.
The City of Eden Prairie has achieved the Gold designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar. This designation recognizes Eden Prairie for taking bold steps to encourage solar energy growth and remove obstacles to solar development.
As a SolSmart designee, the City has participated in several renewable energy programs and events such as Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy, Midwest Renewable Energy Association Solar Power Hours and the Minnesota Brightfields Initiative. The City also removed restrictions banning solar photovoltaic (PV) development and passed an ordinance allowing solar energy systems as an accessory use in all major zones.
In addition, the City provides information and tips on its website to assist residents and businesses with financing solar projects and navigating the solar permitting process, and is leading by example through installing solar PV systems on municipal buildings.
Learn more about Eden Prairie sustainable initiatives at edenprairie.org/SustainableEP.
SolSmart is led by The Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. As part of the SolSmart program, a team of national experts provides no-cost technical assistance to help communities achieve designation. All cities and counties are eligible to join the SolSmart program and receive this technical assistance. Interested communities can learn more at SolSmart.org.