giga·​watt | \ ˈji-gə-ˌwät How to pronounce gigawatt (audio) , ˈgi- How to pronounce gigawatt (audio) \

Definition of gigawatt

: a unit of power equal to one billion watts

Examples of gigawatt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to a May 2022 email from a local economic development official, the new Riot facility near Corsicana will consume 1.4 million gallons of water a day and 1 gigawatt of electricity. Gretchen Morgenson, NBC News, 22 July 2022 Enel, the Italian utility aspiring to be a global green-energy giant, is also investing in a Sicilian plant to build three gigawatt of high-tech modules, with the help of EU funds. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, 19 May 2022 The new plant, with planned capacity up to 40 gigawatt-hours, will supply roughly half a million electric vehicles. John Voelcker, Car and Driver, 8 July 2022 This is expected to create an annual demand for about a gigawatt of capacity. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 6 June 2022 But India has installed less than 100 gigawatts of solar and wind power so far, and most Indian analysts say the 175 gigawatt goal is beyond reach this year. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, 28 May 2022 Meanwhile, in Finland, Winda Energy CEO Tuomas Hooli, 25, is currently in the process of constructing over 1 gigawatt of electricity across the country though his company’s wind farms. Alex Knapp, Forbes, 3 May 2022 The caves have the potential to store enough hydrogen to produce 300 gigawatt-hours of electricity, enough to power more than 30,000 average homes for a year. Tim Fitzpatrick, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 The roadmap anticipates adding about 8 gigawatts of solar, 2 gigawatts of battery storage and 1 gigawatt of wind to the statewide system every year until 2045. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gigawatt

circa 1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Gigawatt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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