Renewable energy facilities like wind and solar farms are best situated in remote locations due to their need for expansive land, making them prime targets for theft and sabotage.
Wind & Solar Farm Security
Because wind and solar farms require vast expanses of land, they are generally located in extreme remote locations. Their location and size make them extremely difficult to secure, creating opportunities for theft and vandalism. Fences are impractical due to the size of these farms and the fact that many are located on leased private property. The vast size of both wind and solar farms make it extremely difficult for human security guards to adequately watch and protect.
Due to their high value, solar panels, wiring and controllers are particularly inviting to property thieves who can quickly and anonymously steal tens of thousands of dollars of equipment. While wind turbines are not usually targets for theft, they can be easily manipulated or sabotaged, resulting in costly downtime and service outages.
How to Secure Wind & Solar Farms
Integrated security systems using a combination of video surveillance with Artificial Intelligence and video analytics, access control and remote monitoring are the most comprehensive and effective way to protect wind and solar farms.
Twenty20 Solutions offers a variety of systems that seamlessly integrate to keep unauthorized people out and deter crime and vandalism before it occurs. Our multiple video surveillance options can provide visibility to all areas of a wind or solar farm. We have fixed and mobile systems available that operate on solar, battery or line-power to work in literally any environment.
Wind turbines may be difficult to steal, but their access doors are often minimally secured, giving way to wiring and network computer equipment inside the tower. Preventing unauthorized access to wind turbines is fundamental to securing the wind farm. Regular padlocks or traditional keyed locks provide no information about who accesses these sites and for how long. Keys can be lost and codes shared. Twenty20 can provide access control solutions that give you complete control over who can access solar and wind farms and when. Grant and revoke access in real-time and pull detailed access history reports to better manage personnel and contractors on site.
Entry points at solar plants are less plentiful but no less vulnerable. Theft and vandalism of any kind on these sites can lead to problems with an entire grid, affecting thousands of customers relying on your system for power.
Video surveillance using audio and visual deterrents and access control are often enough to scare away a would-be criminal. However, combining site surveillance and access control with remote monitoring gives you an added level of security. Twenty20’s Manned Monitoring Center (MMC) is staffed with experienced virtual security experts that keep constant watch over your sites. With virtual wind and solar farm monitoring, our MMC staff can notify the proper authorities to dispatch law enforcement within seconds when other on-site deterrents have not worked.
Benefits of Video Surveillance, Access Control & Monitoring on Wind & Solar Farms
Monitor Sites Remotely
Twenty20 Solutions provides real-time access and visibility to what is happening on your sites via our web-based platform. Available from any location and device, you can see your sites in real time or access events to keep track of activity, even when you are not on site. You can monitor activity online any time.
Theft and vandalism are commonplace at remote sites like wind and solar farms. With video surveillance solutions from Twenty20, you can detect activity before a crime occurs.
Reduce False Alarms
With video analytics enhanced with Artificial Intelligence, Twenty20's systems detect human activity versus that of stray animals or other objects to minimize false alarms, thereby focusing your attention only on real security breaches. Plus, with the ability to identify PPEs, vehicle types and license numbers, you can track equipment and personnel, enforce safety compliance, verify billable vendor time and more.
Monitor Sites 24/7
Because the most likely threats of damage come a night when facilities are deserted or lightly occupied, remote monitoring by Twenty20 helps you protect your location at the most critical times. Our virtual security guards can monitor your sites on off-hours or 24/7 depending on the needs of your team.
Minimize Service Disruptions
Wind and solar farms need to stay operational without any interruption in power services for customers. Theft of materials and vandalism not only require replacement and repairs, but also result in costly disruption of services to customers leading to frustration. Video surveillance and IoT sensors used to monitor equipment are effective ways to minimize downtime due to malfunctions and damage to wind turbines and solar panels.
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