Industry watch group Construction Monitor report that single family home permits in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties are up in 2012 with 433 permits issued this year so far vs 316 for the same 10 month period in 2011.The value of those permits are $397 million vs $313 million for the same period in 2011.
The permits for solar panels construction on residents in the two county region show 2012 numbers with 493 projects valued at $89.3 million in 2012 vs 378 for $9.8 million in 2011 as home owners installed more elaborate systems .
On the commercial side the value of all permits was $623 million vs $821 million in 2011 because $621 million of that was the big Carrizo Plain solar grading permits in SLO County permitted last year.The two projects there will rival the largest solar projects in the world.
The value of all solar panel permits in 2012 on commercial projects reached $235 million in 2012 vs just $12 million in 2011.
The pace of smaller commercial remodeling projects in both counties also picked up in 2012 valued at $112 million vs $60 million in 2011.
New retail complexes were valued at $22 million in 2012 vs $16 million for the same period in 2011.