Morningstar “What’s News” Email – June 2023

Custom Programming for Lithium Batteries

Morningstar was thinking ahead, building lithium battery features and capabilities into our controllers back when lead-acid was predominant.  TriStar MPPT, ProStar MPPT, SunSaver MPPT, TriStar-PWM, and ProStar Gen3 controllers are extremely well-suited to work with the latest lithium batteries. And our new GenStar MPPT is an industry game-changer, with plug-in ReadyRail technology that lets a user seamlessly add a lithium ReadyBMS block to the controller for two-way communications and control. Learn the dos and don’ts of lithium with the latest tech tip here.

Thanks to Roy Butler, our resident technical specialist for sharing this tech tip! 

Changing Lives in a South American Village 

A Morningstar SureSine inverter and a TriStar-MPPT-45 charge controller are vital components in a remote, off-grid telecom site in the Amazon jungle, keeping a village connected and online.

Read more here about the products and partnership that made this project successful.

Visit us at Booth 1194 at the Global Energy Show (GES) on June 13-15 at Stampede Park in Calgary, Canada.

Use code MSGESEXPO at link: to receive a complimentary expo visitor pass and a 7.5% discount on Strategic and Technical Conference Delegate Passes.  

We will be attending Intersolar Europe from June 14-16 in Munich. Contact your Morningstar sales rep to receive a voucher for a one day free visitor pass on the exhibition floor and visit us at Booth A5.174.

Morningstar is a supporting member of CPES, which is a Virginia Tech associated non-profit organization dedicated to research and education in power electronics (which includes solar controllers and inverters).  

Morningstar participated and exhibited at their annual student/industry forum. The group goes back five decades to the late 1970s and is a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center along with other universities.

Morningstar’s Director of Engineering, Ivan Jadric is shown (right) with Rolando Bungos, the organization’s director. Ivan now serves on the CPES Industry Advisory Board.

Morningstar has four openings in our Jessup, Maryland Engineering Center location:

We are looking for a Sr. Product Manager to direct product development and ensure a high return on investment (ROI.) You’ll translate ideas into strategy and features and follow product development from start to finish.

As an iOS Application Developer, you will be responsible for designing, developing, testing, and maintaining software systems that support our business processes. You will work closely with our team of engineers, technicians, and other IT professionals to ensure the smooth operation of our products and services. This is an excellent opportunity for a creative, detail-oriented individual passionate about technology and sustainability

As an Android Application Developer, you will be responsible for designing, developing, testing, and maintaining software systems that support our business processes. This position will also work closely with our team of engineers, technicians, and other IT professionals to ensure the smooth operation of our products and services

The Electrical Test Engineer HYBRID will work with our current design and test team for both New Product Development, Sustaining Engineering, and Manufacturing Support functions. Duties include Automated QA Fixture and Test Script Development. This is a highly collaborative position that requires effective communication with our software, manufacturing, tech support, product management, and sales operations

To learn more about these openings, please visit our website’s careers page here.

Company Transition Featured in Solar Power World

Solar Power World announced Lee Gordon’s retirement and the company leadership transition in an April posting which can be viewed here.

Join us for a free webinar on Wednesday May 31st for New SureSine Off-Grid Inverters and GenStar MPPT Solar DC Charging System to learn more about Morningstar’s latest products.

Attendees will hear about the differences in inverter design, and the key features that make an inverter “industrial grade” for higher-end remote powering applications. You will also learn about the GenStar MPPT’s all-new approach to future-proof systems to meet growing customer needs that replaces traditional solar controllers and the maze of accessories to make them functional.  Click on your preferred time to register for 9am or 2pm.

During the month of June, Morningstar will be presenting its monthly Solar Controllers and Inverters NABCEP certified webinar. ​​​​​​The presentation is conducted each month to introduce individuals to Morningstar and off-grid solar. It is designed for experienced professionals who are looking for a refresher, or to have their pressing questions answered by one  of our engineers. 

Join us on Thursday, June 29th at 9am and 2pm EDT.  Click on your preferred time to register.

If you missed it 

We presented a series of webinars on our new products that can be viewed at the below links:

Morningstar’s Newest Innovations – SureSine & GenStar MPPT

GenStar MPPT DC Solar Charging System Overview & LiveView Demo

Upgrading your critical projects with Morningstar’s new SureSine inverters

Gavin Cannizzaro has been developing software applications since 1993. He is primarily interested in human-centric design and is an avid student of computing history. After about ten years of working on financial applications for DoD, Gavin spent another ten years creating web-based learning and assessment tools for students and teachers, among many other projects. He cares deeply about software longevity and is proud to have built products that have remained in continuous service for decades. In his prior post as an engineering lead at a Baltimore-based digital agency, Gavin delivered state-of-the-art web
solutions for clients including NASA and NOAA, taking a particular interest in knowledge graphs and semantic web technologies. He is a certified AWS developer and has maintained operations across all major platforms. Like many practitioners, Gavin is self-taught, and people are often surprised to learn that his formal education was in the liberal arts. One of his side projects is a Shakespeare web site ( He is also a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who dreams of
one day leading his own band. In the meantime, Morningstar is thrilled to have Gavin as a part of the Morningstar team.

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