If you’re reading this, it probably means you’re already interested in solar energy, and in solar’s role in helping to create a cleaner and more sustainable future. And there are a number of ways that solar power can help enrich our lives, ranging from having our own home rooftop solar installation to participating in a community solar program to getting electricity from a utility-scale solar plant, but there’s another positive side to solar as well, and that’s the creation of jobs and businesses working in some aspect of the solar industry.
A new solar documentary, set to be released on the first of April, follows the stories of solar workers and entrepreneurs in the US, and examines how solar energy can both democratize and decentralize energy “in a way that rebuilds the ladder of economic opportunity.”
Catching the Sun, by an up-and-coming filmmaker, Shalini Kantayya, attempts to tell the stories behind the solar revolution, as seen by the workers and the entrepreneurs who are working to bring about a clean energy transition. The film offers a glimpse into the challenges and opportunities that are coming up as we try to build a renewable, low-carbon energy future, and explores the potential for solar energy to be a positive force in the arenas of social and economic justice.
Here’s the trailer:
“The journey to make Catching the Sun began because I was looking for hope. In post-industrial cities like Richmond, California, the dream of upward mobility is eroding. The oil economy has created monopolies and concentrated wealth and power in the hands of the few. I was fascinated by the idea that solar power could democratize and decentralize energy in a way that rebuilds the ladder of economic opportunity for workers and entrepreneurs. Through an unlikely set of characters, Catching the Sun is about people daring to lead a massive global energy transition that is already rapidly in play.” – Shalini Kantayya