Over 700 million people worldwide live in remote communities with no access to traditional energy infrastructure, relying on diesel fuel to generate electricity. Providing baseload renewable electricity, marine energy solutions are an ideal complement to balance small or independent grid systems. With little to no visual impact on the landscape, the touristic value of the environment is preserved. For remote communities, marine energy technologies also offer solutions for the need for air conditioning and fresh water, using deep seawater being brought onshore via the ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) process. In many cases, installations make use of the local economy and skills.