Jonathan’s directorial debut focuses on why solar energy isn’t more available to Americans
For years, Jonathan Scott has wondered why it’s so hard to install solar panels on American homes. You can make your own electricity and sell it back to your power company. Sounds pretty good, right?
Turns out, that’s exactly why large utility companies want to stop it.
Now, you can follow Jonathan as he talks with people all over America wanting better access to solar energy in his directorial debut, Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip. The documentary premieres on Independent Lens on Monday, Nov. 16 at 10/9c (check your local listings) on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video App.
“I was shocked to find that there’s a silent war being waged against everyday people who are trying to have a say in where their power comes from,” Jonathan said. “It’s not about politics, it’s about the truth.”
In 2015, Jonathan decided to power his Las Vegas home with solar in an effort to reduce his carbon footprint and explore ways that solar energy could help clients in his home renovation work. His experiences revealed a broken system and took him on a three-year journey of frustrating interactions with utility companies, government officials and confusing legislation.
Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip illuminates the obstacles and opportunities that exist in creating a system that gives everyday people a choice when it comes to their energy sources.
“My hope with this film is that it will challenge how we think about energy not only in the U.S., but on a global scale, and motivate people to call for meaningful changes to the way our power is sourced and controlled.”
You can find out more information about the film and solar energy resources at PowerTripTruth.com