Definition of megawatt
: one million watts
Recent Examples of megawatt from the Web
Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp., a Canadian company, is in the process of installing up to 150 megawatts of solar generation on a series of arrays across 1,000 acres on different patches of land south of Princess Anne, the Somerset County seat.
Last year, utilities made deals with corporate customers through rate arrangements known as green tariffs for 220 megawatts of power, enough to run about 40,000 average American homes.
The energy savings from replacing 770 million household and street lights will cut India’s peak electricity demand by 20,000 megawatts (MW) and slash emissions of climate-heating CO2 by nearly 80 million tonnes annually.
Right now, solid oxide fuel cells like the ones described by Adams are nearing commercialization by Siemens, but at the kilowatt scale, not the megawatt scale.
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Origin and Etymology of megawatt
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: circa 1900
MEGAWATT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of megawatt for English Language Learners
: a unit of electrical power equal to one million watts
Medical Definition of megawatt
: one million watts—abbreviation MW
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