A FORMER quarry could be converted into a solar farm capable of powering 2,800 homes.

The latest solar proposal would see nearly 43,000 panels installed at Bluegates Farm, between Alresford and Elmstead Market.

If approved by Tendring Council, it would cover the equivalent of about 20 football pitches and save 3,900 tonnes of carbon a year.

Nick Leaney, director of the applicant, Aardvark EM, said the land had once been a quarry, which had been converted into poor-quality agricultural fields.