Congratulations on your purchase and welcome to the group. You will find a wealth of information and help here from some very knowledgeable and like minded sailors.
I was given some very good advice when we first purchased our SM and that was to wait at least a year before making any changes to the original design/systems. We waited at least two years and I am glad we did.
Likewise I wanted to add solar when we purchased but I heeded the advice.
The waiting allowed us to evaluate whether we really wanted solar, determine what our normal energy needs were, and to see enough other Amel installations to know whether we wanted hard panels on an arch, the rails, etc or to go with flexible panels somewhere else.
We opted for flexible panels on our Bimini top.
I am so glad we waited as I now have a system that I am 100 percent happy with and one that is exceeding our expectations on power generation.
You can read about our project and install here:
All the Best,
S/V Rita Kathryn SM #466
Currently Exploring City Island