Morningstar News

Morningstar Celebrates Its 23rd Anniversary

April 1, 2016

On April 1, 2016, Morningstar celebrates its 23rd  year in business as the world’s leading supplier of solar charge controllers and inverters.  Since last year’s anniversary, Morningstar launched the new ProStar MPPT, TriStar MPPT 600V with Transfer Switch, and USB MeterBus Adapter.  There are now over 50 product versions and accessories that make up the Morningstar portfolio.  With over 200 distributors in over 100 countries, Morningstar is poised for continued success and growth by delivering new and exciting, high quality solutions for the renewable energy market.

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Morningstar Will Present And Exhibit At NABCEP CE Conference 2016

March 18, 2016

Morningstar will conduct a presentation about the New ProStar MPPT Solar Charge Controller on April 5, 2016 at the NABCEP CE Conference in San Diego, California. Additionally, Morningstar will be exhibiting its entire product line of solar controllers, inverters and accessories at the event from April 4-6.

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Annual Evaluation Yields High Ratings for Morningstar

February 19, 2016

Each year, Distributors complete an Annual Partner Questionnaire to evaluate Morningstar’s performance concerning several key metrics. The latest evaluation for year 2015 once again rated Morningstar’s overall performance as significantly better than that of other suppliers.  Superior marks were recorded for Product Quality, On-time Delivery, Account Management, Order Processing, Technical Support, and Marketing Support. Suggestions regarding future training, product features, and foreign language translations were also submitted and this feedback will be carefully considered.  For over 20 years, Morningstar has maintained a consistent corporate strategy, distribution partnership, and loyal team of employees. While significant changes over the years have impacted many in the solar industry, Morningstar has enjoyed steady growth and is poised to provide the world’s leading solar controllers and inverters well into the future.

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Morningstar Will Exhibit At altE Store Dealer Conference February 2016

February 19, 2016

Morningstar Will Exhibit at the altE Store Dealer Conference in Boxborough, MA from February 23-24, 2016.  The new ProStar MPPT solar charge controller will be the feature display along with Morningstar’s complete portfolio of controllers and inverters.  Morningstar will also conduct two NABCEP CE credit presentations: Ten Things You Need To Know About MPPT Controllers TriStar MPPT 600V Charge Controller Design for Off-Grid and Grid-Tie Retrofit

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ProStar MPPT Is Included In Solar Power World’s 2015 Top Solar Products

January 8, 2016

Each year Solar Power World recognizes and provides details about the top solar products on the market.  It was recently announced that Morningstar’s new Prostar MPPT solar charge controller made the list of best balance of systems technologies for 2015. The following features helped to secure the Prostar MPPT’s inclusion on this list: Field adjustable charging and lighting control Advanced battery support for lithium, nickel cadmium, and lead acid batteries Self diagnostics Data logging of detailed power and load information High efficiency and reliability Advanced power point tracking and electronic protections

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Morningstar Controller Enables Backup Power in the Caribbean

December 29, 2015

Morningstar’s TriStar MPPT 600V Solar Controller with DC Transfer Switch has been deployed successfully to retrofit an existing grid-tied solar system with battery backup in Barbados. Future Energy Caribbean, a provider of solar energy solutions, added the Morningstar controller, a Solis inverter, Trojan batteries, and other balance of system components to provide backup power in the event of an outage at its commercial office. Backup power is now available for lights, refrigeration, computers and cell phone charging. This installation serves as a model that can be replicated and modified to meet the needs of other light commercial facilities and residential establishments throughout the Caribbean. The DC Transfer grid-tied battery backup solution is clean, quiet, and relatively maintenance-free as opposed to backup power from generators. Compared to traditional DC coupled backup, this recently installed DC Transfer solution does not lose efficiency when selling to the grid. Moreover, this solution requires no modifications to the existing solar array, and it is compatible with virtually any battery, inverter-charger, and string inverter brand. The battery size requirements associated with the DC Transfer solution are smaller than what would have been required in an AC Coupled deployment, and it is easy to add batteries to accommodate scaling should backup needs increase over time.

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Happy Holidays!

December 14, 2015

Morningstar wishes all of its distributors, dealers, employees, and other stakeholders a happy holiday season and a healthy, happy and successful 2016.  The Morningstar Team will be finalizing its partner award nominations and selections, and delivering recognition and awards to those distributors, dealers, and partners whose accomplishments far exceeded expectations in 2015. The company will hold its holiday party for employees on 12/17/2015 in Newtown, Pennsylvania USA.  The event will allow for celebration, recognition of achievement, and announcements about company plans for an exciting 2016, including new product developments and trade show initiatives.

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Morningstar Launches New ProStar MPPT Solar Charge Controller

October 22, 2015

Morningstar is pleased to announce the release of its new ProStar MPPT™ solar charge controller with detailed battery programming options that support the latest Lithium, Nickel Cadmium, and Lead Acid battery types in off-grid industrial and residential solar applications.  This mid-range charge controller comes in 25 and 40 amp versions at up to 120 Voc, and it complements Morningstar’s existing line of MPPT controller offerings.  It uses Morningstar’s innovative TrakStar™ MPPT technology to maximize energy harvest from the solar array into the battery under all operating conditions.  Additional features and benefits include: High reliability – conformally coated circuit board and corrosion resistant terminals 98% peak efficiency and high efficiency across low, medium, and high power levels Data logging – detailed logging of power and load data confirms performance and helps isolate system inconsistencies Low noise design – meets FCC Class B specifications Continuous charging and no damage from PV array oversizing Data Logging – up to 200 days of detailed logging of power and load data confirms performance and helps isolate system inconsistencies High Strength / Polycarbonate Case and extruded aluminum heatsink without fans or moving parts Optional Wire Box to cover and prevent the exposure of conduit and wire connections Allows multiple 60-cell modules in series on a 12V or 24V battery system MODBUS Communications – Solar Industry Standard MODBUS communications protocol allows for easy programming, control, remote data access and charge synchronization with other system hardware Self Diagnostics – The ProStar MPPT continuously monitors and reports any internal hardware issues or system problems through its status LED’s, optional display or communication port Automatic PV Based Lighting Control – multi-event load control enables powerful options for PV lighting systems and settings can easily be adjusted in the field  

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Join Morningstar at the Phaesun Off-grid Workshop in September 2015

August 24, 2015

Morningstar will be conducting a special presentation of its soon-to-be launched ProStar MPPT™ charge controller from 9am -12pm during Tech Day at the Phaesun Off-grid Workshop on  September 24, 2015 at Stadthalle Memmingen, Germany. To attend the Tech Day and the rest of the Phaesun Off-grid Workshop through September 26th, simply sign up via the www.off-grid-experts.com website. If you are a Morningstar customer, please contact us for a voucher code to attend for free.

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Morningstar To Present At 2015 SolarWorld Installer Summit

August 18, 2015

Morningstar will be exhibiting its solar charge controllers, inverters and accessories at Booth 26 at the 2015 SolarWorld Installer Summit on August 25-27th in Portland, Oregon. At 4pm on August 25th and 26th, the TriStar MPPT 600V Charge Controller with DC Transfer Switch will be featured in Morningstar’s presentation about retrofitting existing grid-tied systems with battery backup.

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