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How solar energy can power places and empower people.

Airs May 21, 2017 at 5:46 p.m.

Available for streaming May 1, 2017 – April 30, 2019.

Solar energy means freedom — not just freedom from fossil fuels, but the freedom to create power locally using micro-grids. This would provide consumers not only with more choices when it comes to how they get electricity, but would also make populations more resilient in the case of disaster, both natural and manmade. But how can solar spread?

Photovoltaic follows female solar engineers from the developing world, with interviews with Lisa Graumlich, dean of the College of Environment at University of Washington, and economist Yoram Bauman. The documentary explores how not only how solar technology could save us from catastrophic climate change, but how it could power the developing world and give individuals control over their own electricity..

While stories of burning fossil fuels, environmental destruction, and climate change can often lead people to despair, Photovoltaic leaves viewers with a hopeful message: The world can be both electrified and sustainable — and there are people working everyday to make it happen.

About the filmmakers

Tommy Tang is a photographer and filmmaker based in the Seattle area. He has held positions in various independent feature films, including Second Nature and Last Seen in Idaho. He also filmed the Miss Universe 2017 pageants in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. He is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communications.

Audrey Seda is an actress and business student at Eastern Washington University. Her short screenplay Picture Perfect was selected for the 2016 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest.