Proposal: Solar Energy Science and Economy

I think that any of the questions here, will be completely at home, and welcome, on the Sustainability & Renewable Energy Stack at https://sustainability.stackexchange.com/

Are there any questions that wouldn't be? I ask because it seems to me that any of the questions listed already in Solar Energy Science and Economy could be welcome on sustainabilty.se, and I say that as a moderator there. That's as long as they are good questions by Stack Exchange standards. The titles are suitable and totally on-topic. And we certainly do welcome evidence based, apolitical science and economics Q&A. Indeed, we've been very firm on rejecting things that are counter to existing evidence, or purely political.

Please do come on over to https://sustainability.stackexchange.com/

  • Compare the description of the two sites and you'll find there is no overlap in the focii of the sites. One could put all the Arduino questions on the EE site too, but that's not the criteria. This site is about collaboration in developing world energy infrastructure, not the best way to recycle something or how to select a product for my apartment that saves electricity. – FauChristian 20 mins ago

Per the Director of Community Development for the Stack Exchange Network, "Promotion should be done predominantly outside of the Stack Exchange Network," not in other stacks.

Even if that were not the case, what the question refers to as sustainability refers to a stack called Sustainable Living. This proposal is markedly distinct from that stack. Sustainable living is useful for the general public and has a clear left-sided political leaning in the Q&A. None of the questions there discuss the sustainability of the economy.

In contract, the stack proposal Solar Energy Science and Economy welcomes evidence based, apolitical science and economics Q&A.

The secondary question is, "Are there any questions that wouldn't be?" The answer is clearly, "Yes, and there is proof." These solar related questions have been closed on Sustainable Living even though of interest to some of its members.

Many of the hard questions listed already in Solar Energy Science and Economy would likely be dismissed, down voted, or closed in Sustainable Living.

  • I've got some great news: as a moderator there, I can assure you that any of the hard questions listed already in Solar Energy Science and Economy will be welcome on sustainabilty.se . That's as long as they are good questions by Stack Exchange standards. The titles are suitable and totally on-topic. – EnergyNumbers 1 hour ago
  • But the questions have to be good questions too: on-topic is necessary, but not sufficient, on any stack. Duplicates, and questions that are too broad are closed on all stacks. Shopping questions are closed on all non-recommendation Stacks. That covers your examples. We've got over 100 solar questions, you've cherry-picked a handful of bad ones. And of course bad questions get closed. That's how Stack Exchange avoids the failures of quota, yahoo Q&A, forums, etc. – EnergyNumbers 1 hour ago
  • Also, you've mis-represented what the Director of Community Development for the Stack Exchange Network wrote; that doesn't seem very polite. Robert wrote that you should not advertise Area 51 proposals on the main sites or meta support. – EnergyNumbers 1 hour ago
  • See related Apparently this is a duplicate – James Jenkins 53 mins ago

Yes, any of those questions will be welcome on sustainability.se.

Let me go through the ones that have been closed. Note that we've got 110 questions on solar power, of which 103 are open, and 7 are closed.

Douglas has identified some closed ones:

  • How to setup the below solar configurations? Closed because there's not enough information in the question to answer it.

  • Led powered solar panels? Closed as duplicate. i.e. it's on-topic, and has already been answered elsewhere on the site. (at: Solar energy without the sun: Super LED light on top of solar panels)

  • What software should I use to design and simulate a solar-assisted cooling system? Closed as a shopping question. In general, for recommendations, pick a site that has "recommendations" in the site title, as they are designed for shopping questions. In this case, Software Recommendations

  • What is the economic sustainability of solar power? Closed as duplicate, i.e. it's on-topic, and has already been elsewhere on the site (at: Which solar power technology has the highest energy return on investment (EROI aka EROEI))

  • Are renewables sustainable? Closed because there's not enough information in the question to answer it.

  • Does a PV panel take more energy to build than it generates in its lifetime? Closed as duplicate, i.e. it's on-topic, and has already been elsewhere on the site (at: Which solar power technology has the highest energy return on investment (EROI aka EROEI))

  • How much capacity inverters and batteries should i need to set up a 800 watts solar panel? Closed because there's not enough information in the question to answer it.

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