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Roy Torbert

  • Global South

Roy is a Principal on RMI’s Global South program, specializing in integrated energy planning for islands, inclusive multi-stakeholder facilitation, and renewable and efficiency finance to expand and accelerate the transition to a global clean energy economy. Roy leads RMI’s work with Puerto Rico as well as long-term electricity system planning with RMI’s many island partners. Roy leads RMI’s growing activities in Southeast Asia.

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 prior research includes reducing the soft costs of solar (specifically financing costs), valuing all the benefits of a highly efficient building, and 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 U.S. 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, Belgium, and a variety of island states. He has been trained in leadership, project management, facilitation, software implementation, and data analysis.


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

Authored Works

How to Calculate and Present Deep Retrofit Value: A Guide for Owner Occupants

Deep retrofits generate substantial value for owner-occupants, well beyond the energy cost savings . When all the benefits of deep retrofits are included in the calculation of value, deep retrofits can compete directly for company equity delivering rates of return, at reasonable risk, well in excess of most company’s “hurdle…


The missing link: Transforming deep retrofits into financial assets

Deep retrofits—those saving 50 percent or more energy and achieving superior sustainability performance—are valuable yet largely untapped financial assets. This paper describes how to calculate all the value propositions of deep retrofits, enabling such investments to take their proper role as a central driver of company performance. Many comparisons have…


Efficiency and Renewables on the Menu for McDonald’s

Not many people associate fast food with clean energy. But that’s exactly what one of the largest quick-service restaurants in the world is exploring. RMI recently completed a net-zero-energy study for McDonald’s, which explores how to offset the energy consumption of an entire restaurant with renewable energy.


An Unconventional Look at an Unconventional Building

Welcome to the new headquarters of the Hilton Foundation. At first glance, you’d notice solar panels on the roof, abundant windows and daylight, and accessible natural outdoor spaces. But what really sets this high-performance building apart can’t be seen quite so literally.


Getting Big Investment to Retrofit Small Buildings

In April 2011, we Talked Small Building Retrofit Finance after a finance workshop held in Boulder by Rocky Mountain Institute and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Association (NEEA). Now that nearly three years have passed, what, if anything, has changed in retrofit financing for small commercial buildings?


Deep Energy Retrofits in GSA Buildings

GSA, DOE, FEMP, and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) convened a charrette at GSA offices in Washington, D.C. on March 4, 2013 to explore opportunities for deep energy retrofit ESPCs. The goals of the charrette were to: 1) Solicit input from energy service companies (ESCOs) on achieving deep retrofits and provide…


Seattle Unveils “Pay for Performance” Pilot Program

The Pacific Northwest already offers low electricity rates due to clean hydropower and decades of effective energy efficiency programs. A major player in that story has been Seattle City Light, which is testing another innovative approach: Pay for Performance.