Houses in the village of Tresminas, in the district of Vila Pouca de Aguiar, in northeastern Portugal, will be heated by a biomass plant fuelled by leftovers from clearing the forest, as part of a cross-border pilot project announced today. “We chose a community, necessarily a small one, to install a collective heating system using vegetable matter,” mayor Alberto Machado tells Lusa. Tresminas, 16 kms from the main town in the district, Vila Pouca de Aguiar, has around 25 households, houses clustered together, and is also a village with an ageing community. The village is surrounded by a large tract of forest. “The idea is to install a biomass boiler, which will heat water and then heat the homes in the village,” explained the mayor, who added that if the results are positive, the solution could be replicated in other locations.