Solar Stoke: Take a Spin at the World’s First Sun-Powered Cable Park

Pro rider Wim Kooij at The-Spin Cablepark, Lacs-de-l'Eau-d'Heure, Belgium.

Pro rider Wim Kooij at The Spin Cablepark, Les Lacs de l’Eau d’Heure, Wallonia, Belgium.

Originally published by Worldwide Cable Wake Parks. 

It might be most known for beer and wars, but now Belgium is home to the World’s first solar-powered cable wake park.  The Spin cable park is located at Les Lacs de l’Eau d’Heure, a chain of five lakes in Southwest Belgium near the French border.

The Spin Cable Park,

The Spin Cable Park

About $1.5 million dollars have been invested in the park that includes a 7,500 square foot facility that houses changing rooms for riders, a retail shop, a conference center, and a snack bar serving some of Belgium’s finest brews. For overnighters, the Spin has four lodging rooms that sleep up to six people each. 

Back terrace at The SpinIn 2014, the facility became energy efficient with the addition of 168 photovoltaic panels that can produce as much as 42 kilowatts at peak times. The move has helped the park save more than 23,000 kilowatt hours a year, which in turn avoids about 72 tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.

wakeboard au SpinCableparkThe park also features a 8,000 gallon (30,000 liter) water tank that collects rainwater that used in the showers and toilets. A wood stove and reflectors help boost heating and lighting.

The Spin features a 2,000-foot electric powered lift that can carry up to 30 riders at a time. The solar panels produce more electricity than what’s needed to power the lift and building facilities.

About 6,500 riders visit The Spin each summer, and it has a local club of about 355 riders.

Prices start at $15 (Euros) per hour, $40 for the day, and $600 for the year. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE WEBSITE

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