kilowatt

noun
kilo·​watt | \ ˈki-lə-ˌwät How to pronounce kilowatt (audio) \

Definition of kilowatt

: 1000 watts

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The Tesla Powerall's batteries each have 13.5 kilowatt-hours of capacity and can be linked with up to nine other units. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How To Live Off the Grid," 10 June 2019 In a tiered rate structure, each residence is assigned a baseline allowance of kilowatt-hours of electricity each month. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Utilities commission turns back SDG&E, keeps ‘high usage charge’ on bills," 6 June 2019 The price of each kilowatt-hour used beyond the 400 percent threshold costs 55 cents per kilowatt-hour in the summer and 51 cents in the winter. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Utilities commission turns back SDG&E, keeps ‘high usage charge’ on bills," 6 June 2019 The typical American home uses about 7,200 kilowatt-hours of electricity a year. Dallas News, "Why Facebook is investing in a huge solar farm in Texas that'll cost $416 million," 5 June 2019 And in 2008, the Department of Energy conducted a massive nationwide study that found a decrease in energy use of about 0.5 percent—doesn't sound like much, but that's about 1.3 billion kilowatt-hours. Dan Nosowitz, Popular Mechanics, "Daylight Savings Time Is Actually a Good Thing," 4 Mar. 2019 Economies of scale are also likely to play out in any pathway to 5¢ per kilowatt. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Residential solar is cheap, but can it get cheaper? Paths to $0.05 per kWh," 18 Feb. 2018 Because Archinaut enables multiple kilowatts of power to be delivered on small launchers like the Rocket Lab Electron vehicle, more capable satellites can be deployed at lower cost. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Small Satellites Could 3D-Print Their Own Solar Arrays In Space," 9 Aug. 2018 The system has a 30 year lifespan, and is projected to produce more than 5.7 million kilowatts of electricity, enough to power 460 homes for a year. William Thornton, AL.com, "Huntsville company owner received at White House," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of kilowatt

1884, in the meaning defined above

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kilowatt

noun

English Language Learners Definition of kilowatt

: a unit of electrical power equal to 1,000 watts

kilowatt

noun
kilo·​watt | \ ˈki-lə-ˌwät How to pronounce kilowatt (audio) \

Kids Definition of kilowatt

: a unit of electrical power equal to 1000 watts

kilowatt

noun
kilo·​watt | \ ˈkil-ə-ˌwät How to pronounce kilowatt (audio) \

Medical Definition of kilowatt

: 1000 watts

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