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Roy Torbert



Roy is a Principal within Rocky Mountain Institute’s Buildings Practice. Roy Torbert specializes in integrated energy planning, project cost analyses, and renewable and efficiency finance to expand and accelerate the transition to a global clean energy economy. Roy manages the joint RMI-CWR team helping Caribbean islands reduce their dependence on costly fossil fuels, and currently assists the governments and utilities of Aruba and Saint Lucia. He has worked with leading universities (including Arizona State University) and global multinationals (including McDonald’s Corporation) to analyze net-zero opportunities and deliver roadmaps to reaching carbon reduction goals. Roy’s research efforts include exploring ways to reduce the soft costs of solar (specifically financing costs), valuing all the benefits of a highly efficient building, and he previously assisted on analysis for RMI’s Reinventing Fire initiative and book.


Prior to RMI, Roy was a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington D.C., working on software implementation and strategic management projects for the Army. With Booz Allen, Roy also implemented and managed a procurement-focused software system for a Department of Defense client.

In 2008, Roy interned with the US Mission to NATO in Brussels and was responsible for armaments issues. In 2007, Roy interned with G.E. in Dubai in the Infrastructure division and worked on renewable energy, environmental regulations, and governmental policy. He has expertise collaborating with regulators, policymakers, and private industry in the United Arab Emirates and Belgium. He graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in International Relations and Business Finance. He has been trained in project management, software implementation, and data analysis.


  • Bachelor of Arts, International Relations and Business Finance, College of William and Mary, 2009


  • Bendewald, Muldavin, and Torbert. The missing link: Transforming deep retrofits into financial assets: Corporate Real Estate Journal (2014)
  • Muldavin and Torbert, How to Calculate and Present Deep Retrofit Value: Rocky Mountain Institute (2013)
  • Ardani et al. Non-Hardware Cost-Reduction Roadmap: Residential and Small Commercial Solar Photovoltaics.  NREL (2013)
  • Torbert and Tupper. Developing an Innovative Pay for Performance Program ASHRAE (2013)
    Hodgin, Penafiel, and Torbert. Working Together for Sustainability: The RMI-BOMA Guide for Landlords and Tenants BOMA (2011)
  • Lovins, Amory et al. Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era. White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green (2011)
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