Against a backdrop of newly installed solar panels at the Oregon National Guard armory in Pendleton, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden spoke enthusiastically about what he described as the “new frontier of renewable energy.”

Wyden arrived in town Thursday morning for the official dedication of the 150-kilowatt solar array, part of the Army’s net-zero energy pilot program. The project is expected to cut the facility’s energy bills by more than $11,000 annually, and has already generated 166,644 kilowatt-hours of electricity — enough to offset 119 tons of carbon dioxide.

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