giga·​watt | \ˈji-gə-ˌwät, ˈgi- \

Definition of gigawatt 

: a unit of power equal to one billion watts

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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 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

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circa 1962, in the meaning defined above

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