Mail service provider, CFH Docmail has had a 250kWp solar array installed at its Radstock site in Somerset.

The solar array consists of 1,000 250W modules and is capable of providing up to 100% of the company’s energy requirements during lower usage periods and up to 60% during peak periods.

The system represented an investment of £250,000 for the company but it anticipates that it will payback in five years. The 250kWp install was completed by local solar installer, Solar Systems between August and October 2014.

Commenting on the new solar install, Dave Broadway, managing director of CFH Docmail, said: “The solar PV system complements and enhances an ongoing project that has been running since 2010 that has targeted and reduced our energy consumption by 20%. We have used a combination of efficiency improvement processes and investment in low energy consumption technology including: LED lighting; heat optimisation controls and heat recovery systems.”

The UK government has committed to increasing the amount of solar installed on commercial rooftops following the publication of the UK’s first Solar Strategy. However, uptake of commercial rooftop solar has remained extremely low, representing <5% of the UK’s total solar deployment.