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PES talks exclusively to Adel El Gammal, Secretary General of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association, to hear his views on PV market perspectives and challenges, and how can solar PV become a mainstream energy supplier in Europe by 2020.PES: Welcome. It's good to have the EPIA back in the magazine again, how has the association progressed over the past year?Adel El Gammal: 2009 has been a milestone for EPIA and the PV Industry. In September 2008, on the occasion of the 1st EPIA CEO roundtable during the 24th EU PVSEC in Valencia, the industry unanimously decided to explore the future potential of PV and set ambitious targets. The SET For 2020 study (www.setfor2020.eu) was launched at the very end of 2008 and was carried out throughout June 2009. EPIA led this essential study, performed with the support of the strategic consulting firm A.T. Kearney and based on more than 100 interviews across Europe with the industry, research community, utilities, regulators and policy makers.The study demonstrates that PV could supply up to 12 per cent of the EU electricity demand by 2020, should specific framework conditions be established. A fundamental repositioning of PV on the energy map, transforming it from a

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