• Hybrid Cell Towers for Verizon Wireless

    Application: Telecom
    Location: Lake Havasu City, Arizona and Twentynine Palms, California
    Product: TriStar MPPT 60
    System size: 7.2 kW of solar
    Partners include: Verizon Wireless, SunWize Technologies, PV Pros, East Penn Manufacturing

    Solar power helps two Verizon Wireless generator-hybrid cell towers with microwave uplink systems save 70% on fuel consumption. Each system includes 7.2 kW of solar with several TriStar MPPT 60 controllers and East Penn AGM batteries.

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  • Lifeline Telecom Services in Central Oregon

    Application: Telecom
    Location: Oregon
    Year: 2012
    Product: TriStar MPPT
    System size: Two 235-W solar panels
    Partners include: Rural Technology Group, SolarWorld

    A Morningstar TriStar MPPT controller helps distribute internet services to a rural community in Central Oregon where many residents live without a telephone or cell service. Morningstar partnered with Rural Technology Group for an experimental project to expand internet service in rural areas with rugged terrain. 

    The team successfully installed a solar-powered microwave relay site on top of a mountain. A high-speed connection VOIP service now gives the community access to lifesaving emergency calls. 

    So far, the project has survived hurricane-strength winds, periods of dark and snowy days and temperatures in excess of 105°F to -4°F (41°C to -20°C). This relay also cost less than $3,500 to construct and commission.

    -Photos courtesy of Rural Technology Group

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  • Wireless Cellular Network for Remote U.S. Locations

    Application: Telecom
    Location: United States
    Product: TriStar MPPT 60
    System size: Solar panel and diesel generator (four sites)
    Partners include: Motive Energy, EnerSys, Emerson

    Motive Energy installed solar, a diesel generator, two 1,500-Ah EnerSys deep-cycle battery strings, eight Emerson NetSure 502 power plant 30-A inverter chargers and TriStar MPPT 60 controllers for four outdoor remote locations without access to commercial power.

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  • Power Station Application

     

    Power station tower utilizing Morningstar’s TriStar MPPT controller.  Photo courtesy of Surveillance Security Intelligence Group and SunWize Technologies

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  • Homeland Security Communications 

    Application: Telecom
    Location: United States
    Product: TriStar
    System size: 10 kW of solar
    Partners include: S.U.R. Energy Systems, Uni-Solar

    Like many other mission-critical and sensitive solar power installations, This homeland security communications system backs up power for a repeater using Morningstar TriStar controllers. The 10-kW project included 588 Uni-Solar shingles and as well as 24 batteries.

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  • Data Monitoring at a Colorado Mine Cleanup Site

    Application: Telecom
    Location: Colorado
    Product: ProStar 30 and TriStar 45
    Partners include: Nunatak Alternative Energy Solutions, Ameresco

     Morningstar’s ProStar 30 and TriStar 45 control this data monitoring system at a Colorado mine cleanup site where temperatures can drop to -40°F (-40°C). Morningstar controllers have built-in cold weather protection features and circuitry designed to protect batteries from damage when charging in extremely cold conditions.

    -Photo Courtesy of Nunatak Alternative Energy Solutions

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