Recently I had to configure an Apache Solr search page to have the results sorted by a date field. We’re using the apachesolr module, which has a number of useful hooks, two of which we’ll use to accomplish this custom sort.
If you browse to Administration » Reports » Apache Solr search index you will see a list of the indexed fields (example shown below). Most of the documentation I’ve seen out there regarding apachesolr sorting says you can use $query->setAvailableSort() and $query->setSolrSort() within an implementation of hook_apachesolr_query_prepare() , but there is at least one caveat: the field you want to sort on must be a single-value field! Here’s a look at the field list on the site I’m working on: