The System of the Year Award (SOYA) is the highest honor IDEA can bestow on a district energy system. It recognizes an exemplary district energy system providing high-level performance and service that further the goals of the district energy industry. SOYA serves to:
- Provide a global industry benchmark for industry excellence, recognizing systems that illustrate the operational advantages of district energy in providing sustainable, efficient, reliable, and resilient energy services in their communities.
- Provide a platform for sharing ideas, best practices and innovations that have helped to make district energy systems successful.
- Identify and promote the importance and value of district energy systems in the marketplace relative to other forms of energy generation and distribution.
- Further publicize district energy as a progressive industry that seeks continuous improvement in the services it provides.