giga·​watt | \ ˈji-gə-ˌwät , ˈgi- \

Definition of gigawatt

: a unit of power equal to one billion watts

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The China Clean Energy Fund, which Apple said it and its partners will fund over four years, will invest in and develop-clean energy projects totaling more than 1 gigawatt of renewable energy in the country. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Apple Sets $300 Million Clean Energy Fund for China Amid Trade Tensions," 12 July 2018 Industry body WindEurope released statistics Tuesday that showed 3.1 gigawatts of capacity came online last year, thanks to the installation of 13 new offshore wind farms. David Meyer, Fortune, "Europe's Wind Power Industry Is Blowing Up Offshore," 6 Feb. 2018 At the same time, during the first half of 2018, utilities signed more than 8.5 gigawatts' worth of procurement deals for projects that will be completed before 2020. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Trump’s solar tariff isn’t hurting the industry as much as everyone expected," 13 Sep. 2018 One executive on the call also added that in the third quarter of 2018, all electric vehicles around the world constituted 20 or 19 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of vehicle batteries produced. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Finally in the black: Tesla has a good quarter," 25 Oct. 2018 Overall, Apple and its suppliers hope to generate more than 4 gigawatts of clean energy by 2020. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "Apple launches a $300 million fund to bring clean energy to China," 13 July 2018 China is a major consumer, adding 34.5 gigawatts of solar in 2016 to grow to more than 78 gigawatts. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "Impact of solar tariffs may be overblown," 5 Mar. 2018 Imports accounted for 91% of the 10.6 gigawatts worth of solar capacity installed in the U.S. in 2017, according to data from the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Solar-Panel Makers Ramp Up U.S. Manufacturing Plans," 11 May 2018 Yes, Alpha Centauri is very, very far away, but the idea here is to propel these nanocraft using a 10 gigawatt light beam trained on their sails. David Meyer, Fortune, "What the Late Stephen Hawking, Who Studied the Universe's Past, Said About Our Future," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of gigawatt

circa 1962, in the meaning defined above

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