Onsite / Distributed Energy

Onsite / Distributed Energy

The challenge as we see it

Industries, cities, and buildings are increasingly focused on controlling energy costs while also reducing their environmental impact.  At the same time, the energy industry is becoming more complex as markets, technologies and innovative business models create new opportunities.

Our differentiated value 

These converging factors have created a need to seek specialized partners that can help make sense of it all and deliver integrated expertise. With a multi-faceted team of energy, finance, operations, and technology experts, Veolia is capable of developing, operating and optimizing distributed energy assets for both new and existing facilities through multiple contracting and delivery models.

Veolia’s experience and track record is unmatched in designing and implementing onsite and distributed energy solutions.

  • Ability to develop project economics and technical feasibility
  • A track record of working collaboratively with local utilities
  • Experience navigating utility interconnection and permitting
  • Blend skills in power, thermal, markets, engineering and construction
  • Integrated, turnkey project delivery capabilities
  • Practical operator expertise


Veolia is uniquely positioned to service industry, government and commercial entities in improving performance, managing water, waste and energy.


The global and North American leader in power and thermal energy solutions.


Our solutions for onsite / distributed energy

Onsite / Distributed Energy

Depending on our customers' energy needs, our onsite and distributed energy solutions include a range of technologies and applications. These innovative solutions enable our customers to focus on maximizing the performance of their core business, while also improving efficiency, sustainability, and reliability.

  • Microgrids: A microgrid is an electrical grid that can isolate a group of buildings or energy consuming assets and self-power with local generation, helping reduce energy costs, limit greenhouse gas emissions and increase resiliency. Successful microgrid development requires integrated expertise in energy systems analysis, utility rate modeling, engineering and operations — areas representing our core organizational competencies. We’ve successfully developed microgrid projects featuring a range of technologies including combined heat & power (CHP), storage and renewables.
  • ​Combined heat & power: CHP, also known as cogeneration, is a sustainable and efficient energy solution that recycles waste heat and converts it into useful thermal energy. The simultaneous production of power and thermal energy consumes less fuel than if produced separately and can exceed 80 percent efficiency. As one of the largest operators of CHP systems in North America, we expertly navigate the CHP landscape to meet energy requirements and to deliver on financial, reliability and sustainability goals. We’ve also completed over 200 CHP studies and served as the owner’s representative for some of the most high profile cogeneration projects in North America.
  • Central utility plants: With thousands of energy installations managed worldwide, Veolia operates, maintains and manages complex energy plants and facility infrastructure systems to meet sustainability objectives, maximize efficiencies and minimize risk for our customers. By leveraging a life-cycle approach, combined with a thorough preventive maintenance program, we deliver operational savings, peak efficiencies and emission reductions for several leading universities and colleges, hospitals, commercial properties and institutional clients across the country.
  • Renewable energy: Renewables represent an important opportunity to reduce emissions and increase energy independence, and in some cases, installing your own renewable generation can also save money and increase resiliency. We evaluate renewables projects holistically—financially, technically, environmentally—to make sure we only pursue projects that we are confident will be successful. We can fulfill customer requirements ranging from feasibility analysis for on-site generation, to project management for industrial scale commercial generation developments.

Veolia has supported some of the most highly visible, award winning cogeneration, microgrid and renewable energy projects in North America.


Benefits for our customers

Maximized performance

Improved efficiency

Energy reliability

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United States

Microgrid Supports Biotechnology Company's World Headquarters

Operations and maintenance of a 5.3 MW combined heat and power (CHP) solution.

See how through Veolia’s microgrid and combined heat and power solutions, this biotechnology company reduced its energy consumption by 25%.


United States

New Research Center Calls for CHP Expansion

Project management and technical assistance on the expansion of a combined heat and power (CHP) plant.

See how Veolia helps this school reduce annual electricity savings by 58,000 MWh and stay on path toward becoming climate-neutral by 2060.


United States

Brooklyn Improves Commercial Operational Excellence

Discover how the CHP plant that powers Kings Plaza Mall operates as an island without connection to the electric grid.


United States

Reliable and Sustainable Electricity and Thermal Energy to College

Cogeneration re-development at college campus in NYC.

Veolia’s energy consulting division, SourceOne, served as Owner’s Representative for the re-development of a combined heat and power (CHP) facility for a university based in Manhattan. SourceOne provided technical and financial review, contract preparation, coordination of the project team and utility liaison.

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