WASHINGTON (AP) - At an RV Park he owns in Hugoton, Kansas, Jan Leonard sees the benefits of one of the federal government's most contentious programs.

WASHINGTON (AP) At an RV Park he owns in Hugoton, Kansas, Jan Leonard sees the benefits of one of the federal government's most contentious programs.

Development is booming in the town of roughly 3,900 people. Hugoton is the site of a new cellulosic ethanol refinery funded in part by a Department of Energy loan guarantee. The same program funded high profile flops like Solyndra, a California-based company that filed for bankruptcy.

When it was established in 2009, as part of President Barack Obama's stimulus package, the clean energy loan program was billed as being able to create jobs and promote environmentally friendly energy. Instead, it became synonymous with failure and a regular talking point for conservatives.

But roughly six years on in Hugoton, and elsewhere, there are signs the program is working.