Jonathan Scott Reveals the Situation That Made His "Blood Boil" While Working on New Documentary

Isabel Garcia
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Photo credit: Independent Lens | PBS
Photo credit: Independent Lens | PBS

From House Beautiful

Before Jonathan Scott's new documentary about clean energy premiered on Monday, the home renovation star revealed what inspired him to advocate for making solar energy accessible for all in an interview with People magazine. Plus, he opened up about what upset him while he was filming Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip.

Scott first got the idea for the documentary when he was installing solar in his Las Vegas home, which he thought it would be good for the environment. While the instillation was easy enough for Scott, he didn't know that "the local utility had all of these crazy rules that limited how much solar [he] could install and how long it would take to activate."

Shortly after he managed to get the system activated, he says that the local utility convinced the public commission to stop net metering in Nevada. This "essentially put all the solar companies out of business." That was the moment when Scott realized he wanted to know more. So he hired a researcher and found that other states had it even worse."There was a concerted effort to stifle solar innovation and prevent people from harnessing the power of the sun for themselves," he told the outlet.

While Nevada eventually got back metering rights after the public demanded it, Scott knew it was still a problem across the country. He says that when he found out that fossil fuel utilities were spreading misinformation and learned more about the negative effects of fossil fuel on low-income communities that lack resources to fight back, he decided to take action.

During the filming process, Scott met with people involved in the fight for clean energy, including farmers, coal workers, the Navajo Nation, religious leaders, and politicians. When asked about what he learned about himself while filming, Scott said that he already knew he didn't respond well to bullying. "When I spoke with people in neighborhoods that had been polluted and endangered by utility companies and then was told they would charge those same residents for the cleanup, that really made my blood boil," he told People. "Everyone deserves the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy community without the fear that some giant company will poison them and make them pay to fix it."

If you weren't able to catch Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip when it premiered on PBS, you can stream it here through December 16.

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