The WRAN was made possible by a grant from the Department of Energy through its Wind Powering America project, and by a grant from the South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development. The 2001 installation sites, communications network airtime, and installation assistance were generously donated by East River Electric Cooperative of Madison, SD. The Murdo site is sponsored by West Central Electric Cooperative. The Gettysburg site was installed and is being maintained by the Gettysburg Development Corporation.

To the greatest extent possible (within the constraints of our use of existing towers and resources), we are conducting this wind assessment program in accordance with the guidelines laid out in the 1997 Wind Resource Assessment Handbook (National Renewable Energy Laboratories and AWS Scientific, Inc.).