mega·watt | \ˈme-gə-ˌwät \

Definition of megawatt 

: one million watts

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The two nuclear reactors on the barge can produce up to 70 megawatts of electricity, Rosatom says. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "This nuclear power plant has been called a ‘floating Chernobyl,’ but is that just hype?," 2 May 2018 Houston is also the North American headquarters of Portuguese EDP Renewables, which has developed more than 6,200 megawatts of renewable energy projects in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Ryan Maye Handy, Houston Chronicle, "Can Houston foster new energy technologies?," 5 Feb. 2018 A year later, quarterly installations had dropped to 201 megawatts. David R. Baker,, "SolarCity, once king of rooftop solar, slips into shadow," 29 June 2018 Texas leads the nation in wind energy, with more than 22,000 megawatts installed. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "Canadian investment firm buys solar installations in San Antonio, Austin," 11 June 2018 In a recent planning document, PSE tagged Eastern Washington solar as the cheapest renewable option, and forecast buying up to 266 megawatts of power from solar producers by 2023. Hal Bernton, The Christian Science Monitor, "Solar panel proposal faces opposition in Washington State," 7 May 2018 The one-megawatt plant will have 3,800 solar panels erected by Solar Chernobyl, a Ukrainian-German company, Futurism added. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Chernobyl nuclear disaster site is being turned into a solar energy plant," 16 Jan. 2018 One bill establishes a separate Personal Identification Number and calculates property taxes for that portion of the farmland to be used for solar energy at $218,000 per megawatt — to be paid by the solar system owner/developer. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Will County residents weigh in on proposed solar farms," 14 June 2018 The state is authorized — but not required — to approve, over six years, fuel cell projects of up to 10 megawatts of power per year, with individual projects capped at 2 megawatts. Stephen Singer,, "State Taps First-Ever Offshore Wind Power In Clean Energy Program," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of megawatt

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of megawatt

: a unit of electrical power equal to one million watts


mega·watt | \ˈmeg-ə-ˌwät \

Medical Definition of megawatt 

: one million watts abbreviation MW

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