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Environmental Loans

Self-Help promotes environmental sustainability in our own operations and in our lending--including loans to businesses that count conservation as a core company value and day-to-day objective.

For the past 25 years, Self-Help has been proactive about financing green businesses, nonprofits and community initiatives. We do it to improve home, school and work environments, to help families and businesses reduce energy usage and save money, and to be a good steward of our shared planet.

We offer flexible terms and competitive rates, plus expertise in energy lending and complex transactions.

We've financed a wide range of green works that include renewable energy, recycling and reuse, sustainable agriculture, ecotourism, fuel efficiency, land conservation, green building, toxicity reduction and more.


  • Flexible terms
  • Competitive interest rates
  • Expertise in complex transactions
  • Professional service, personal attention

Promoting Cleaner Energy

Blue Ridge Biofuels produces and distributes 360,000 gallons of biodiesel a year, turning used cooking oil into fuel that provides a cleaner-burning alternative to coal. In 2014, a loan from Self-Help helped Blue Ridge expand into a larger facility in Catawba County. The new plant will enable Blue Ridge to triple production to one million gallons a year. See their story!

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We helped Eastern Carolina Organics transform a former brownfield site in Durham, NC into a distribution center for organic produce. The result is a win-win for local residents and local farmers.