Solar farms are an incredible thing: An innovative way to produce renewable energy and a sustainable income for landowners and businesses. But it comes at a price. Trespassing can be a regular threat along with criminal damage, organised crime and opportunistic thieves.
Maintenance and repairs can quickly stack up if effective security is not in place. Most security companies will recommend fencing and CCTV. Whilst this offers a visible deterrent, it can prove unreliable in varying weather conditions and cause a lot of false alarms. We can eliminate those along with the threats by demonstrating pre-detection systems that alert you the moment an intrusion is attempted.
Threats to solar farms are extensive and given the large financial outlay to set the farm up, stoppages in production can be extremely costly.
There are numerous security companies that offer security solutions for solar farms but few are particularly effective and basically gather evidence after a crime has occurred. This is simply not good enough. Let’s look at the basic options and then review the necessary protection that our company can provide.
Understanding the levels of security required to protect any solar farm starts with a site assessment. It’s vital to identify areas of intrusion, access points and anywhere a vehicle could be used to access the site. Basic security protection could be used to deter most threats.
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Security measures are costly and often rely on easily-triggered systems and a manned response. This can work but invariably, excess alarms can lead to lacklustre responses. Guards may take time to investigate a security breach, by which time, the threat has passed and the damage has been done.
We can stop the threat as it happens.
Given the huge costs of setting up and operating a solar farm, security should not be an afterthought. Standard security measures can either be marginally effective but flawed or at worst, an unreliable ongoing expensive.
We offer perimeter security which can be integrated with your existing systems to eliminate false alarms and only notify security personnel when a genuine intrusion is taking place.
Our El-Far fence mounted systems can be installed on most existing perimeter fencing to detect and pin-point any attempted scaling, damage or intrusion. This can be relayed as information to a central control room, a live notification or an alert, enabling guards to be dispatched or long-range cameras to react and focus on the problem area.
Other areas may be more open and an effective solution can be provided in the form of SensoGuard buried intrusion detection systems. These systems are completely invisible and able to differentiate between genuine threats (vehicles and footsteps) or weather conditions, wildlife and other false threats. As they are buried, they cannot be detected and will trigger without alerting the threat, or in turn, they can be used to trigger an instant reaction through the use of other systems such as flood lights, sirens, alarms or recorded messages which will be instantly deployed.
Solar farms need to stop intrusions before the perimeter lines are broken and boundaries are crossed. Instant action must be applied before the threat escalates.
Typically, there will already be fencing around the perimeter with limited access points for staff and vehicles to enter and exit the location. In rural areas, waterways may provide an additional level of protection as they provide limitations for criminals to cross into the restricted area.
However, there may be other considerations such as local authorities limiting the ability to install fencing, walls or barriers due to planning regulations. This can leave open areas which can be crossed relatively easily and simple CCTV will not be effective in many circumstances.
Our systems can tie all exiting security together and provide a 100% reliable barrier which detects intrusions the moment they happen and alerts staff, authorities and security measures to be engaged before a real crime has taken place.
Fence mounted systems are quick to install and provide a live update on perimeters being scaled or broken whilst the underground seismic detectors use smart technologies (developed for military use) to track and monitor any intrusions without the perpetrator being aware.
Combining these measures with alarms, CCTV, sirens, live audio deterrents and security staff ensures that all genuine threats are dealt with, in real-time.
It’s far more cost-effective and reliable than standard security measures and prevents false alarms that usually lead to alerts being ignored.