Solar Farm Perimeter Security
Effective Protection For Solar Farms
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.
Security Threats To Solar Farms
- Solar Panel Thefts
- Disgruntled Local Residents
- Organised Criminal Activity
- Equipment Damage
- Site Intrusion
- Isolated Location, Ideal For Criminals
- Cells, Cabling, Plant & Inverter Thefts
- Uneconomical Repairs
- Production Stoppage
- Opportunistic Crime
- General Nuisance
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.
Basic Security For Solar Farms
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.
You may wish to consider:
- CCTV Systems
- Perimeter fencing
- Secured access entry points
- Motion-activated alarms & sirens
- PIR or laser-activated lighting
- Manned security stations (where applicable)
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.
Safe Security Solutions Recommends
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.
Advanced Solar Farm Security
The security systems we offer for solar farm protection are tried and tested to work where most of the industry-standard security is ineffective.
The only way to robustly secure your solar farm is to proactively secure your perimeter, ensuring that movement is detected the instant someone attempts to cross a boundary, scale a fence or get close to the solar panels.
Action can be taken the moment our systems create an alert. This can be in the form of automatic security measures such as sirens, AI-Enhanced CCTV, alarms, beacons, floodlights or live alerts and camera feeds back to your security provider.
All the systems we provide can be integrated with any existing security your solar farm has in place, both physically and via our security software, to work the way you want it to, all whilst eliminating false alarms and taking action before a serious crime has been committed.
Some of our advanced security includes:
ELEC-SENS Fence Sensors by El-Far
- Recommended for physical boundaries
- Fence-mounted detection system
- Works on wood, metal and mesh fences
- Ideal for rigid, stationary structures
- Discreet aesthetics
- Targets intrusions to within 3 metres
- 360° coverage
- Alerts to cutting, scaling and impacts
- Will detect digging
- Fully weatherproof
SensoGuard Buried Detection Systems
- Suited to open ground
- Simple to install
- Zero maintenance required
- Invisible to would-be intruders
- Water & dustproof
- Impervious to inclement weather
- Differentiates wildlife & humans
- Detects vehicle movement
- Pinpoints intrusion area
- Robust & durable
- Mains or rechargeable options
Magos Mounted-Radar System
- For open ground and all flat terrains
- Best-in-class radar
- High performance
- Perfect detection
- Powerful, mounted detection system
- Seamless security integration
- Works on land or over water
- Affordable coverage
- 1000 metre range
- Covers between 6 to 300 acres
- Up to 120° x 30° angle of coverage
All security systems we provide to solar farms can be integrated with your existing CCTV or we can provide industry-leading, AI-enhanced CCTV systems which will react to our detection systems instantly.
This will allow instant live feeds via your security app or to your security staff or providers, ensuring action is instantly taken and footage of attempted intrusions is captured to pursue potential convictions.
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.