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On the one hand – the large majority of solar power global growth occurred in China in 2017. And if you’re a business person you’re taught – don’t depend on one customer! Good point. Except for one thing – the solar power industry is a clumpy one when considering growth, and this clumpiness seems to repeat. For instance…

First Germany and then Europe grew big and fast – driving the early wave of solar growth. Then that growth shifts west toward the U.S., Japan and the early China. Last year we saw China take over – with India just starting to spread its wings. Now, we’re seeing the U.S. and Japan slow growth – but showing potential down the road. And – Europe is getting going again, while Saudi Arabia and the broader Middle East are doing its things.

Let’s not be dependent on China – let’s celebrate them, and more importantly – let’s not fear China’s path, but instead help those who are searching for their own growth techniques.

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By John Fitzgerald Weaver

John Fitzgerald Weaver is a solar developer; known digitally as the 'Commercial Solar Guy.' As a project developer and installer, he’s sold and managed 50+ solar projects, valued over $25 million, ranging in size from 5kW to 1500kW. He’s been involved in many aspects of the solar supply chain –- as a company founder, developer, project manager, manufacturer, permit runner, salesman, contractor and financier. In his free time he tries to get away and clear his mind by climbing mountains, or more regularly by enjoying an IPA or scotch, and really loves the strange connection between politics, energy, finance, and environment in the energy world.

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