Average output compared to maximum potential output over a given period of time, usually expressed as a fraction. For example, a generating facility that operates at an average of 60% of its normal full-power capacity over a measured period has a capacity factor of 0.6 for that period. It can apply to an individual generating unit or a collection.
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