giga·watt | \ ˈji-gə-ˌwät , ˈgi- \

Definition of gigawatt 

: a unit of power equal to one billion watts

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That jumped about 75% to nearly 1.1 gigawatts a month for the last six months of 2017 as the International Trade Commission considered and then ruled on the tariff case. Don Lee,, "The roiled solar power market shows how Trump's tariffs can disrupt an industry," 7 July 2018 The same bill also boosts the solar-specific target under the RPS, sets up a community-solar program (so non-homeowners can access solar), and targets 2 gigawatts of energy storage by 2030. David Roberts, Vox, "The latest state to get serious about climate change is ... New Jersey?," 20 Apr. 2018 But the company may need to invest in 4 new gigawatts of renewable capability to offset all that, Gizmodo says. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "What Apple Means When It Says It's Now 100 Percent Renewable," 11 Apr. 2018 China added 50 gigawatts of solar power last year, accounting for more than half of all global solar photovoltaic module installations. Don Lee,, "The roiled solar power market shows how Trump's tariffs can disrupt an industry," 7 July 2018 The Midcontinent Independent System Operator, a regional electricity transmission organization that operates in 15 states and the Canadian province of Manitoba, was expecting electricity demand Friday to be about 120 gigawatts across its territory. Joe Taschler And James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dangerous heat arrives in Wisconsin; heat index tops 106 in Milwaukee, 114 in LaCrosse," 29 June 2018 Those four projects would collectively supply around 1 gigawatt of power to the country. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Sweden's Potential Wind Farms Are Facing Fighter Jet Problems," 19 Apr. 2018 Corporate contracts announced in 2017 alone amounted to 2.89 gigawatts of new renewable capacity, according to the Rocky Mountain Institute, a nonprofit that supports a transition to clean energy. Benjamin Storrow, Scientific American, "Cities Look to “Virtual Power” to Reach Climate Goals," 15 June 2018 Last year bitcoin mining used roughly the same amount of electricity as the country of Ireland, roughly 20,000 gigawatt hours. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Apple Bans Cryptocurrency Mining From Its iOS and Mac App Stores," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of gigawatt

circa 1962, in the meaning defined above

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