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

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The government wants to increase that to 100 gigawatts by 2022. John Defterios, CNN, "Women are bringing solar energy to thousands of Indian villages," 1 July 2019 For comparison, a typical nuclear reactor has about 1 gigawatt of capacity. Jim Efstathiou Jr,, "Trump's Love for Coal Not Enough to Save Money-Losing Plant," 14 Feb. 2019 Established in 2017, the Clean Power Alliance in Los Angeles and Ventura counties has quickly grown to include 29 communities to become the largest CCA in the state by load (about 10,000 gigawatt-hours). San Diego Union-Tribune, "City of San Diego predicts community choice energy can beat SDG&E rates by 5% on customers’ bills," 30 June 2019 The government is aiming for 100 gigawatts of solar power by 2022. John Defterios, CNN, "Indian farmers are using the sun to help water their crops," 16 June 2019 Overall, Tesla in 2018 delivered more than 245,000 vehicles and a gigawatt hour of energy storage, with the latter number set to double next year. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting ran on pure, high-octane optimism," 12 June 2019 Earlier this week, India's energy minister R.K. Singh suggested that the country is considering issuing a tender for 100 gigawatts of solar energy. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "India eyeing a new monster 100GW solar-capacity goal," 24 June 2018 Billions in investment The report noted that investors spent $11 billion in 2017 to add 7 gigawatts of wind energy to the US grid. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "In 2017, four US states generated more than 30% of their electricity from wind," 27 Aug. 2018 The Department of Energy expects wind energy to grow tremendously in the coming years, with 224.07 gigawatts across 47 states 2030. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Google And DeepMind Algorithms Could Make Wind Power More Efficient," 27 Feb. 2019

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circa 1962, in the meaning defined above

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