About us

AAAS energy focuses on organisations in Sub-Saharan Africa that need power and have a positive impact on their surroundings, such as agricultural companies that produce food in food insecure countries.

The combined strength of our team and worldwide network in the high-tech industry, financial services and legal services gives us the ability to provide our clients cutting edge solutions to ensure seamless operation whilst cutting back on costs.

Our Services

advisory
full project development
(project) financing
contracting
asset management

Team



Maarten SMITS
Jason CLOETE
Maarten MENNES
Peter ARENSMAN

Maarten SMITS

An entrepreneurial tech enthusiast with over seven years of experience in managing multinationally operating businesses he co-founded. Strong business developing skills; extensive experience in cooperating with technical innovation teams of over one hundred companies in a fundraising and/or business development role. Maarten obtained an LLM in Private Law from Amsterdam Law School after which he directly started his first business. Maarten is highly motivated to fix the dire power situation by deploying renewable energy in Southern Africa which is why he co-founded AAAS energy to fully commit all his time and effort to this goal.

Jason CLOETE

Accomplished and dynamic management professional with diverse experience in the field of Renewable Energy construction and design. Jason served in the British military in the 1st Battalion of the Paratrooper Regiment and the SFG (special forces group). After discharge as of right, Jason founded a plumbing, gas engineering / maintenance business in London. Jason trained rangers that protect wildlife in war-ridden Northern Mozambique. When finally back in his home country Zimbabwe, he was an Operations Manager for a large solar supply company working on landmark projects such as the American Embassy, right before cofounding AAAS energy.

Maarten MENNES

Maarten Mennes is a Dutch project developer and entrepreneur in the renewable energy industry. He has worked for the Dutch T.S.O TenneT on the 700MW HVDC Interconnector project connecting the Dutch HV grid with the Danish HV grid. He has led greenfield development of solar PV projects in the Netherlands and Spain totalling 90MW of installed capacity. He now strives to create impact in Africa by developing projects and arranging financing from the Netherlands, which is the reason he joined AAAS energy to fully commit to this goal. He holds a Master´s Degree in Physical Chemistry.

Peter ARENSMAN

Experienced entrepreneur, investor and board member with a genuine interest in political and social activities. Strong business development professional with Master’s Degrees in Business Economics, Financial Law and Agricultural Engineering. Peter has a particular interest in speeding up the energy transition in Africa, which is why AAAS energy is pleased to have him on board to accelerate our business.