Biomass boilers have been springing up across Haines over the past few years. The boilers generate heat by burning wood pellets made of condensed sawdust.
Now the borough hopes to install a boiler that runs on larger wood chips to heat several municipal buildings. If the wood chips are produced locally that could mean savings for the borough and a new source of income for the local timber industry.
A few years ago, Chilkoot Indian Association or CIA started exploring alternative heat sources to avoid high oil prices. In 2012, CIA installed a biomass boiler for a subdivision it manages.