Solar Farms

Solar farms

However, lighting up the land with solar farms also has a dark side: bringing trespass, damage and theft from opportunist thieves and organised criminals.

Solar farms – the risk of rural enterprise

Setting up solar farms is proving to bring a unique set of risks when it comes to potential theft:

  • The theft of solar panels is profitable for the criminals. Whether they choose to re-fit them at a price or sell them on, solar panels offer a resale value which criminals deem worth the risk.
  • Because solar farms offer a vast quantity of solar equipment all in one place, they present thieves with the unique opportunity to gain many items in one go
  • Solar farms, just like agricultural farms, are often set in rural, isolated areas with no personnel at night or at off-peak times, such as weekends. This makes it incredibly easy for thieves to gain access and steal items unchallenged.
  • When it comes to solar farms, it’s not just the panels which have a resale and refitting value – plant, cabling and inverters can also provide enough resale value to make them a target for theft.
  • Cost of damage and repair as well as loss of income puts the practice of solar farming at risk – even just one set of cells being stolen can significantly reduce power output and revenue.

Solar farm security

On the bright side, however, professional security measures can actively prevent solar farm theft and some of the equipment used, such as monitored CCTV, can even help to catch thieves and be used as evidence in prosecutions. It’s preferable to get full security organised prior to installation, but even when the solar equipment is already up and running, it’s not too late to get security measures installed.

Perimeter detection systems

Whilst most farms start off securing their solar fields with stock. We can place a sensor cable on the fence to detect tampering. This cable could also be mounted underground and would detect intruders walking around the site.

Vehicular access control

by making vehicular access very difficult, thieves are more likely to be deterred as they will be unable to transport the panels off-site. All access points should be fully secured and controlled even during working hours.

Fixings

Security isn’t just about what you use; it’s about how it’s installed. Secure fixings should be used for all items, for example, access points such as vehicular gates, should also be well secured with tamper-proof fixings and using strong padlocks, rather than with chains which could be cut. Additionally, when the solar panels are initially installed, it’s worth allowing the extra time and cost to fasten them with specialist, tamper-proof fixings which require unique tools to remove them, as this can make a real difference to successfully securing solar panels.

24/7 remote monitored CCTV

  • CCTV which ‘just’ records can, to a limited extent, act as a visible deterrent but really it offers little preventative security beyond that: the recording may be useful in identification, providing evidence for prosecution and insurance purposes, but not for halting acts of theft: by the time the footage is viewed, the criminals are usually long gone. However,  remote CCTV monitoring off-site by professional security personnel can ensure active monitoring and fast response in the event of any issues, as detection software is also used to send alerts or raise alarm should suspicious or unexpected activity occur. As such, remote monitored CCTV offers not only the deterrent and evidence-gathering technology, but also the crucial real-time response:
    • Monitoring the footage to determine what is happening in response to the first alarm or alert set off.
    • Audio warnings can be issued via some systems, which can be highly effective in scaring the criminals away.
    • Immediate follow up across a range of options, including alerting the police, manned security backup and designated key holders.

Ultra Low Light cameras

CCTV footage with enough visibility for clear identification and evidence purposes can be difficult. However, an ultra low light camera can be an additional security measure because it provides enough light to allow effective monitoring and recording, allowing CCTV to offer maximum reliability and efficiency.

Another advantage of ultra low light cameras is that it does not cause light pollution, it is ideal for rural areas and supports the efforts of farmers who want to establish environmentally friendly habitats or resources for conservation, as part of their solar farm land.

AI Detection

Advanced algorithms offer sophisticated alarm activation by distinguishing people and vehicles from other moving objects, such as leaves, raindrops and shadows. Security staff can focus on real threats, saving time and manpower.

Thee AI detection system offers you:

Thermal Cameras

Installing thermal imaging cameras on a perimeter can provide a highly-effective technology tool for advanced detection, spotting intruders in adverse weather conditions such as fog, smog, rain and snow, and long after daylight has passed.  

Vehicle Management –Automatic Number Plate Recognition

The ability to identify vehicles at parking entrances can provide major benefits. as it can help you keep up to date with the amount of motorists coming in and out of your property.
Today’s ANPR cameras, engineered with deep learning algorithms and GPU processors, are extremely accurate – more than sufficient to overcome previous challenges. But they can help with:
• Barrier control (Entrance and exit management)
• Blacklist alarm and VIP list notification
• Post-event investigation for forensics

Access Control

We can offer Biometric or Proxy card systems.
⦁ Zones for different levels of access
⦁ Times can be set to only open at specific days for your cleaning staff or garden services

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