If you’ve only recently begun reading about solar panels, the technical terms you’ve come across could be confusing. Why are sizes of solar systems typically expressed in terms of kilowatts, and what does it even mean? Megawatts, what about them?
We’ve got you covered, so don’t worry. What you need to understand about converting megawatts to kilowatts and how these units apply to you and your solar system has been outlined.
Megawatt to kilowatt conversion table
Recall that 1,000 kilowatts make up one megawatt.
To quickly convert from megawatts to kilowatts, refer to the following table:
|Megawatt (MW)||Kilowatt (kW)|
|0.01 MW||10 kW|
|0.1 MW||100 kW|
|1 MW||1,000 kW|
|5 MW||5,000 kW|
|10 MW||10,000 kW|
|15 MW||15,000 kW|
|20 MW||20,000 kW|
|100 MW||100,000 kW|
|1,000 MW||1,000,000 kW|
How to convert megawatts to kilowatts
Converting megawatts to kilowatts is easy! All you have to do is multiply the number of megawatts by 1,000:
Number of megawatts x 1,000 = Number of kilowatts
Here’s an example of how to find how many kilowatts are in 30 megawatts:
30 MW x 1,000 = 30,000 kW
If you want to go from kilowatts to megawatts, do the opposite! Simply divide the number of kilowatts by 1,000 to find how many megawatts you have:
Number of kilowatts ÷ 1,000 = Number of megawatts
What even are megawatts and kilowatts?
The simplest form of power is the watt, which measures how quickly energy moves through an electrical system.
Since watts are a very modest unit of measurement and most families utilize thousands of them, you convert to kilowatts or megawatts rather than spelling out all those zeros.
1,000 watts make up one kilowatt. Therefore, you could easily write 7,000 watts as 7 kW if your house needed that much power.
Million watts make up one megawatt. Kilowatts are substantially less than megawatts, which are often used to describe power on a massive scale, such as the amount of power that a whole utility company is supplying.
Gigawatts are the next unit of measurement after megawatts and are used to indicate the volume of power produced on a national scale. One billion watts is one gigawatt.
Are kilowatts and kilowatt-hours different?
Yes, kilowatts and kilowatt-hours are two different things.
Kilowatts represent power. A kilowatt-hour (kWh) measures energy, or the amount of power over time. You’re probably familiar with kilowatt-hours – it’s the unit used to measure your energy usage on your electricity bill.
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