09/18/2012 12:07 EDT | Updated 11/18/2012 05:12 EST

Nova Scotia gives green light for renewable energy project in Amherst

AMHERST, N.S. - The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs has received approval for a community-based wind power project in the Amherst area.

The provincial government says the six-megawatt project falls under its Community Feed-in Tariff program.

The program allows eligible groups, including First Nations and municipalities, to receive an established price per kilowatt hour for projects that produce electricity from renewable resources.

The Amherst program will be developed by the Mi'kmaq Rights Initiative and Wind4all Communities.

Chief Gerard Julian, co-chairman of the assembly, says the project will help position the Mi'kmaq as a long-term partner in the renewable energy sector.