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Independent Lens: Jonathan Scott's Power Trip

Airs Monday, Nov. 16 at 10 p.m.

Independent Lens

Trailer | Jonathan Scott's Power Trip

The “Property Brother” journeys across the U.S. to explore the battle over solar energy.

Property Brothers co-host and home-renovation expert Jonathan Scott is on a mission to flip the switch on how Americans access power. On the surface, solar energy seems like a resource that is widely available, however as Scott begins his journey across the country, he quickly finds how little choice the public has in how they source their energy.

Produced by Scott Brothers Entertainment, in partnership with Future You Media, Scott’s directorial debut Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip premieres on Independent Lens on Monday, November 16 at 10 p.m. on Southern Oregon PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video App.

In 2015, Scott 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 system that seemed broken, and the process sparked a three-year journey of frustrating interactions with utility companies, government officials, and confusing legislation.

Like Scott, many Americans have turned to solar in recent years to generate their own environmentally-friendly source of power and to cut costs. Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip chronicles Scott’s quest to gain a deeper understanding of this issue, and raises important questions like where our energy comes from, who controls it, and how it is sourced.

Viewers accompany Scott as he travels the country, interviewing key figures across America’s energy landscape. Featuring interviews with a host of experts such as Bernie Sanders, Al Gore, Tea Party co-founder Debbie Dooley, environmentalists, farmers, coal miners, and solar panel installers, Jonathan Scott’s Power Triphighlights an issue that impacts everyone.

“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,” Scott said. “It’s not about politics, it’s about the truth. 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.”

Lois Vossen, executive producer of Independent Lens, added: “With curiosity, compassion and charisma,Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip gets the juice on solar energy and examines the forces that keep our energy system tied to the fossil fuel industry — an issue that has dramatic economic, social, and environmental implications for people everywhere.”

Jonathan Scott’s Power Tripilluminates the obstacles and opportunities that exist in creating a system that gives the public widespread choice when it comes to sourcing energy.