If by "manliest" you mean "most useful", then I would agree.Solar isn't exactly the manliest energy source.
When solar becomes more efficient and more economically favorable, people will clamor for it. Until such time, it will remain a distant also-ran to fossil fuels, no matter how many government subsidies you throw at it.
People aren't stupid. They don't choose their energy sources by manliness. They choose what makes the most economic sense to them.
(I too am an electrical engineer)